Liam Byrne MP, Labour's Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, commenting on today's unemployment statistics, said:
“There are some encouraging signs but people will be really worried that the numbers on the dole have gone up again.
“This is helping push the benefits bill up by £12.5 billion which is £500 per household. That makes the deficit harder to pay down and means the Tory-led Government is putting up taxes and cutting tax credits.
“The picture is bleak for our young people with youth unemployment dangerously close to 1 million. There are fewer vacancies than there were last year and 5 five people chasing every job.
“The Government still needs to do more, particularly for our young people. Labour has set out an alternative; a sensible, reasonable tax on bankers’ bonuses could finance 90,000 jobs for young people right now.”