Public sector jobs cuts has choked economic recovery, says TUC


Unemployment has broken through the 2.5 million barrier, according to official figures released today.

The Office for National Statistics said the number of people out of work rose by 80,000 in the three months to July, reaching 2.51m, mainly due to a sharp rise in youth unemployment.

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: “These are terrible figures. They are further evidence that the recovery has been choked off by a self-defeating rush to austerity. Government policies are hurting, but they aren’t working.

“Most worrying are the signs of a second wave of rising young unemployment – with the number of 18-24 year olds out of work now higher than at any point during the recession – making the government’s decision to slash the support to young people through EMAs and the Future Jobs Fund look even more short-sighted and cruel.

“The public sector is shedding jobs more than twice as fast as the private sector can create new ones, and with the increasingly gloomy outlook for the economy as a whole the outlook for jobs is as bad as at any time since the height of the recession.”

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