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Labour market a mixed picture with private sector holding up but long term unemployment rising

Authors: Ian Brinkley Ian Brinkley

12 June 2013

Commenting on today’s labour market statistics, Ian Brinkley, director of The Work Foundation, said:

“The labour market figures released this morning give a mixed picture. Overall, employment is still holding up, especially in the private sector. But long term unemployment is still rising. Nearly 900,000 people have been out of work for more than a year, and nearly 460,000 out of work for more than two years. The Coalition needs to set out clearly in this month’s Spending Review how it intends to reverse this trend, which is damaging  the job prospects of individuals and our long term economic success.”


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