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Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary
, in response to today’s
unemployment statistics, said: 

“Looking at these figures people will be really worried that the Government is simply not gripping this problem. They are simply far too casual about the crucial need to get people back to work. 

"The number of people unemployed is up 22,000 on the month. And in half of the country unemployment is up significantly. The number of people on the dole is up by the highest level for two years. And this is now helping to push up the benefits bill by over £12 billion – that’s £500 for every household in the country.

"Eighteen months after the end of the recession the number of job vacancies has fallen again and more people than ever are being forced to work part-time when they want full-time work. Around the world unemployment is falling much faster than here, so why is this Government not doing a better job.

"The Tories are creating a vicious circle in our economy because they are cutting too far and too fast – hitting families and costing jobs. More people out of work and on benefits makes it harder to get the deficit down."

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