Chris Grayling: 'unemployment figures are unwelcome'

The UK Employment Minister, Chris Grayling MP, says the Government is doing everything possible to encourage growth despite the number of people out of work reaching a 17-year high.

In a series of grim figures delivering a pre-Christmas blow to the Government, the jobless toll for all age groups rose by 128,000 between August and October to 2.64m, the highest total since 1994.

The unemployment rate was 8.3pc, up 0.4pc on the previous three months, said the Office for National Statistics.

Employment Minister Chris Grayling said that the unemployment figures were "unwelcome" and that he recognised that there is "a long way to go to get the economy moving again."

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