UKIP Employment spokesman Jane Collins MEP calls today's Civitas report on unemployment "a damning indictment of the failure of decades of overregulation by the EU."
"Unemployment is reduced not by health and safety regulations or expensive compliance rules but by people starting up and expanding businesses and taking on employees.
"For that to happen they need to know they have flexible employment laws, open markets and solid economies with steady demand.
"In contrast to this, the EU enforces rules making it expensive for SMEs to take on staff and environmental legislation that pushes up the costs of production.
"As we start the campaign for Britain to leave the EU and regain its place on the world stage these statistics are vital for quashing the idea that we need political union for jobs."
Read the full Civitas report here.