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Wages recovery has yet to materialise, says Frances O’Grady

A FALL in unemployment masks the 1.36 million people still out of work, young women in poverty and “anaemic” pay growth across Britain, campaigners warned today.

Despite continuing redundancies in the retail sector, unemployment fell by 65,000 in the last quarter.

But TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Britain’s long-awaited wages recovery has yet to materialise. Pay growth is anaemic at best.

“The government is asleep at the wheel as family budgets are squeezed.”

Welfare research organisation the Resolution Foundation’s Stephan Clarke said: “While there is little evidence of any let-up in the UK economy’s ability to create jobs, this is not yet translating into faster pay growth.”

And Young Women’s Trust chief executive Dr Carole Easton highlighted the fact that the number of young women out of work has increased overall and many in work are stuck in poverty.

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