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Thousands more workers made unemployed this summer, new ONS statistics reveal

THOUSANDS more workers have been made unemployed as the number of jobless rose to 1.38 million this summer.

New statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed today that 21,000 workers were made unemployed in the three months to September.

The statistics show that it is largely men who suffered from this rise of unemployment.

However employment rose by 23,000 over the same period with a record high of 32.4 million now in work.

Employment Minister Alok Sharma said: “Once again, the benefits of a strong jobs market are paying off, with the eighth months of real-terms wage growth for UK workers and the highest regular pay growth in almost a decade.”

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has criticised the slow level of real-terms wage rises, while Labour claims the figures mask the growing number of precariously employed people.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Pay is rising at a snail’s pace and wages aren’t expected to return to their pre-crash value for at least another six years.

“That means the government putting the minimum wage up to £10 as quickly as possible and it means giving unions the freedom to enter every workplace and negotiate fair pay rises.”

Labour shadow work and pensions secretary Margaret Greenwood said: “Today’s figures hide the reality that, under the Conservatives, more working families are living in poverty and more people are stuck in insecure jobs.

“The next Labour government will make tackling the crisis of in-work poverty and insecure work a priority.”


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