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Over 2 Million Unemployed in the UK

UK unemployment has risen above two million for the first time since 1997. During the three months to January, the number of people unemployed totalled 2.03 million, up by 165,000 based on data released today (18/03/09) by the Office for National Statistics.

The data also shows the number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance in February increased by a record 138,400 to reach 1.39 million.  Additionally the number of redundancies for the three months to January 2009 was 266,000, up 86,000 over the quarter and up 154,000 over the year.  This is the highest figure since comparable records began in 1995.
When you factor in the TUC’s claim that there are 10 jobseekers for every vacancy advertised in UK jobcentres, the job of welfare to work providers is not going to get easier!  As the majority of providers were finding hitting outcome targets difficult before the downturn, these latest figure further reinforce the concerns raised about how realistic the higher targets are for Flexible New Deal.  
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