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Government should create more jobs and graduate schemes

Published: Wednesday, 17 November 2010   Category: All Graduate job news

The government should do more to ensure there are extra graduate schemes and other job openings made available to the public in the coming months.

This is according to the Trades Union Congress (TUC), which said it was worried that almost 250,000 adults have now been claiming job seekers' allowance for more than a year.

According to data from the Office for National Statistics, this is more than double the number of claimants at the beginning of the recession in early 2008.

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said that there are 2.5 million people out of work in the UK - the majority of whom want to find a job.

He noted that there is an average of five unemployed people chasing every vacancy, making it tough to secure work.

"Unemployed people are the victims here, not the villains," Mr Barber said.

"The government should stop blaming unemployed people for their predicament and start creating rather than cutting jobs."

Supermarket firm Asda recently reported that it will create 7,500 new roles in 2011.

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