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Yvette Cooper reacts to fall in unemployment figures


The number of people unemployed in the UK has fallen slightly, figures show.

Total unemployment stood at 2.46 million for the three months to December, down 3,000 on the figure for the previous three months.

However, the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance rose by 23,500 to 1.64 million in January, the largest increase since July last year.

Work and Pensions Secretary Yvette Cooper said it was important to keep offering support to those looking for work.

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