Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Unemployment hits 2.51 million

The number of people unemployed in the UK rose by 80,000 to 2.51 million in the three months to July, official figures have shown.

This is the largest increase in nearly two years, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. The jobless rate now stands at 7.9%.

Youth unemployment also rose sharply, by 78,000 to 973,000.

The total claiming Jobseeker's Allowance rose by 20,300 in August to 1.58 million.

The number of people in employment in the economy fell in the three months to July, by 69,000 to 29.17 million.

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