Unemployment has increased by 7,000 to 2.52 million in a blow to the government ahead of the budget but a tragedy for those people who have lost their jobs.
Unite general secretary, Len McCluskey said:
"The rise in unemployment is a blow to George Osborne only hours before the budget but it's a tragedy for the people who have lost their jobs because of his disastrous policies.
"Britain needs a budget for jobs and living standards but it looks as if the country will get another dose of medicine that will make the patient even worse.
"The economy is shrinking, Britain has lost its AAA rating, and now unemployment is rising. This should be a wake up call for George Osborne but he is planning even more cuts which will deepen austerity when Britain desperately needs a plan B."
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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.