The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has urged the government to capitalise on the latest positive developments in the labour market.
Data published by the Office for National Statistics yesterday (June 20th) revealed that the number of people out of work between February and April stood at 2.61 million, which is down 51,000 on the quarter.
General secretary of the TUC Brendan Barber said that this good news for jobs is long overdue, noting that new full-time positions have been created and employment is up.
However, he expressed concern with the sustainability of the recovery, singling out the fact that long-term youth unemployment has increased again and the number of claimants is still expanding.
"We now need to turn today's positive news into a steady fall in unemployment. The government must invest in jobs to get the economy growing again," Mr Barber commented, adding that there is also a gender gap, with women having a harder time finding work than men.