date: 20 February 2013
embargo: For immediate release
Responding to the latest unemployment figures published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:
'It's encouraging to see another fall in unemployment, but not everyone is benefiting from the recent jobs growth.
'The number of young people out of work is edging back up towards a million, so the Chancellor must put tackling our youth jobs crisis at the top of his Budget priority list. He can start by introducing a guarantee of paid work for any young person out of work for six months or longer.
'The further squeeze on people's wages is also concerning. This is looking less like a temporary blip, and more like a longer-term problem for the economy.
'Without stronger growth, new jobs will continue to be concentrated in low-wage, low-productivity sectors and we won't see the healthy pay rises that we so desperately need.'
NOTES TO EDITORS:
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Issued: 20 February, 2013