Big rise in UK unemployment - up 70,000 in three months

Wed, 17/04/2013 - 14:23 -- nick

Unemployment in the UK rose by 70,000 to 2.56 million in the three months to the end of February, latest figures have revealed.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) also showed that, after a long period of rising employment, 2,000 fewer people were in work than in the previous three months.

There was better news in the number claiming Jobseeker's Allowance; this was down by 7,000 to 1.53 million.

The proportion of unemployed people is now 7.9%, up 0.2%.


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