Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Government urgently needs to address labour market deterioration, says TUC

Commenting on the latest unemployment figures published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: "Today's rise in unemployment points to a worrying deterioration in the UK labour market. And with our so-called 'recovery' stagnating, all the indicators point to further rises in joblessness.
"The number of vacancies is now down to levels last seen in 2009, while female unemployment is at a 23-year high. As public sector job losses mount, employment prospects for many women are looking bleak.
"It is also worrying to see the unwelcome return of rising youth unemployment, with more than one in five young people currently out of work.
"Government complacency over growth is now coming back to haunt the UK and the Chancellor's plans for job creation are woefully inadequate. Even if successful, the new enterprise zones will create fewer jobs in the next four years than have been lost in the last three months.
"The Chancellor urgently needs to put forward a plan B before our economy heads back towards recession and even more people lose their jobs."

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