By Claire West

UNISON, the UK's leading public sector union, today warned that the latest fall in unemployment would be cold comfort to the hundreds of thousands of public sector workers faced with losing their jobs, and to the under 25's and the over 50's shut out of the jobs market.

Dave Prentis, UNISON General Secretary, said:

"The latest figures are cold comfort to the millions of people still locked out of the jobs market, and to the hundreds of thousands of public sector workers faced with losing their jobs.

"The small drop shows that the Labour government's economic life support plan was beginning to work.

"This government is on the wrong track. It needs to invest in jobs to keep the economy moving. Cutting spending now will reverse the recovery, and could lead to a double dip recession."