Unemployment is declining, according to the ONS, but the economy has not fully recovered.
The boost to today's employment figures is distorted by the Olympics and jobseekers forced into part-time work, according to critics.
The number of those out of work has dropped again, prompting an upbeat assessment of Britain's economic prospects from the coalition.
Today's employment market looks grim to everyone, but rural youth face a particularly bleak reality, a report today concluded.
Labour blasted Nick Clegg's proposed solution to youth unemployment this morning, calling it a "plaster solution for a national crisis".
Read Nick Clegg's youth unemployment speech in full.
Unemployment fell marginally in the first three months of the year, figures out today have shown, in a boost to the coalition.
A Labour government in power now would banish long-term unemployment among the young, Ed Miliband has promised.
The government adviser hired to get 120,000 'problem families' back to work resigned yesterday amid allegations of fraud at her firm.
Chris Grayling, minister for employment, defends the government's embattled workfare scheme
Katerina Rüdiger, skills policy adviser at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, comments on the government's embattled workfare scheme:
Jim McCarthy, chief executive officer of Poundland, comments on his firm's decision to withdraw from the government's workfare scheme:
Labour’s shadow minister for women and equalities said in response to yesterday's labour market statistics:
The University and College Union (UCU) said yesterday that cuts to the number of places at university and plans to saddle people who wish to return to college with huge debts had to be rethought as unemployment reached a 16-year high.
Graeme Cooke, IPPR associate director, said in response to the unemployment figures:
Nick Clegg is appealing to Britain's businesses to take on more young people as the coalition continues to face a bleak economic outlook.
The rich could be forced to contribute more as Britain continues to cut down the deficit, Nick Clegg has suggested.
He appeared stunned, like a goalkeeper who's just let one in between the legs.
Ed Miliband sought to turn Britain's economic woes to his advantage today with a speech billed as a 'hard-headed' attack on 'irresponsible capitalism'.