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Wednesday 20th February 2013 | 10:20
Labour press release
Liam Byrne MP, Labour's Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to today's Labour Market Statistics, said:
"Today's fall in the headline rate of unemployment is welcome but it is now clearer than ever that British workers are paying the price to get a job or keep a job. People have now taken an average £1,200 pay cut since the election because jobs are so hard to come by and today we see there's still more than five people chasing every vacancy.
"Youth unemployment has risen yet again, back towards the million mark, the number of women out of work has gone up and long-term unemployment is still far too high.
"What Britain now needs from next month's Budget is an industrial strength back to work programme to match the crisis we face. That's why Labour is demanding the Government introduce a Compulsory Jobs Guarantee to get anyone out of work for more than two years straight into a job - one that they would be required to take."