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TUC warns of rising unemployment

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by Kay Mitchell
”TUC

Despite the positive news that the recession may be coming to an end, a report today has revealed that unemployment will continue to rise until the end of next year – long after economic recovery.

The Trades Union Congress (TUC), general secretary, Brendan Barber said: “Some now say that we have a recovery. But even if this is not a false dawn, as others fear, it will be years before the thousands of people who have lost their jobs, or who will lose them in months to come, will see anything to celebrate.”

The bleak forecast comes as the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) warned of significant job losses in the public sector over the next five years.

According to the organisation, as many as 350,000 jobs could be lost within the sector between now and 2015.

Furthermore, The Times reported yesterday that up to 10,000 lawyers could be jobless in the UK in the next two years.

The reports come ahead of unemployment figures, due to be released tomorrow – which are expected to show another big increase in unemployment.

Official figures show that the number of unemployed people rose by 244,000 over the three months to March to reach just over 2 million – the largest quarterly rise in nearly 30 years.

The number of unemployed people in Britain currently stands at 2.2 million, with just over one and a half million of them claiming benefits.

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