TUC on latest unemployment figures

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date: 17 January 2007

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Commenting on the latest job figures released today (Wednesday), TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:

'It is still hard to find clear trends in the labour market. Although an extra 14,000 people are now in work, this month's figures show that 74,000 have now joined the ranks of the economically inactive.

'The number of people who are currently out of work but who would like a job is now higher than it was a year ago. The TUC is concerned that another rise in interest rates could see jobs being lost, leaving even more people wanting work but unable to find it.'

NOTES TO EDITORS:

- The number of people currently out of work but who would like a job includes 1,674,000 unemployed (September-November 2006). This compares with 1,534,000 unemployed for the same period in 2005. It also includes 2,093,000 (Sept-Nov 2006) economically inactive who say they want work (2,046,000 for Sept-Nov 2005).

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