|TUC Regional Secretary Rob Johnston|
Responding to the latest unemployment figures published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics, Midlands TUC Regional Secretary Rob Johnston said:
"Today's figures show some long overdue good news in the labour market. New full-time jobs have been created and employment is up while unemployment has fallen.
"However, there are still real concerns about this being a sustainable recovery. Long-term youth unemployment has risen yet again, the claimant count is still going up and while male unemployment fell by 52,000 in the quarter, the number of unemployed women only fell by 3,000.
"We now need to turn today's positive news into a steady fall in unemployment. The government must invest in jobs to get the economy growing again."