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Friday, July 16

Benefit numbers show recession not over

The increase in numbers of people on unemployment benefit to 62,085 shows that the recession is not over, said the Council of Trade Union today. 

Peter Conway, CTU Secretary, said: “It is important to remember that before the recession there were fewer than 18,000 people on unemployment benefit.” 

The CTU has called on the Government to invest in job-rich programmes, skills development and green jobs. These figures show that more needs to be done.