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Commenting on today’s (Tuesday) ONS employment figures, which show the number of redundancies in November 2020 to January 2021 hitting over 300,000 for the second consecutive quarter, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: 

“It’s make or break time to prevent mass unemployment. Jobs are being lost every day and we aren’t seeing new jobs for people to go to. 

“Ministers must step up and create good new jobs. We could create 1.8 million new jobs in the next two years in green transport and infrastructure, and by unlocking public sector vacancies. 

“And people who have lost their jobs must get the support they need to make ends meet. Without a boost to universal credit, many will be pushed into poverty.” 

Editors note

- The ONS statistics are available at:  
- TUC analysis that we could create 1.2 million jobs in green transport and infrastructure is available here:  
- TUC analysis that we could unlock 600,000 job vacancies in the public sector is available at:  

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