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May on two million unemployed

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Unemployment has reached its highest level since Labour came to office, rising to more than two million for the first time in 12 years.

New figures from the Office for National Statistics show that 165,000 more people were out of work in the three months to January.

The Conservatives' Work and Pensions spokesman, Theresa May, accused the government of "sleepwalking" through the "unemployment crisis" and failing to give people enough support.

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