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Unemployment falls to 2.49m

Unemployment falls to 2.49m
David Cameron has claimed new unemployment figures show the Government is "on the right track" but Labour insisted they do not point to a "roaring recovery",

Unemployment fell by 37,000 to 2.49m in the three months to November, the Office for National Statistics has revealed.

The unemployment rate now stands at 7.7% - down 0.7% on this time this year.

Speaking at Prime Minister's Questions, Mr Cameron said: "There are now more people employed in the private sector than ever before and more women employed...than ever before."

He added: "What is remarkable is that employment is up in every region and unemployment is down in every region. This I think shows that we are on the right track."

Employment Minister Mark Hoban welcomed the "good figures", but said ministers "can't afford to be complacent".

"We know there are difficult economic challenges ahead and we need to work continually to get people into work," he told BBC News.

However, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Liam Byrne said: "Today's headline fall in unemployment is welcome news.

"But today's figures show no roaring recovery, they show very shaky foundations. Half of the country saw yet another rise in unemployment, nearly half a million people have been on the dole for more than a year, and youth unemployment rose.

"Worse, there are now more people on the dole long term than at any time since October 1997, there are more signing on for over two years than at any time since the 90s - and there are now more people in temporary jobs than at any time since July 2001."

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