Long way to go before UK has a healthy jobs market, warns TUC

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date: 20 January 2010

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Commenting on the latest unemployment figures, published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:

'Today's unexpected fall in youth unemployment is very encouraging and shows Government action is working. But with nearly a million young people still out of work, there's a long way to go before we can talk about a healthy jobs market.

'The first fall in overall unemployment since the recession started shows that Government investment is the best way to secure a sustained economic recovery. Cutting back on spending now could still unleash a double dip recession and send unemployment soaring.

'Long-term unemployment is still a huge concern, and it will continue to rise well after the recession ends. Long spells out of work can increase the likelihood of mental health problems and relationship breakdown, and devastate entire communities.

'A Universal Job Guarantee for anyone out of work for at least 12 months would give an unemployed person the best possible chance of a returning to work.'

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