UK unemployment increases to 2.685m

January 18, 2012 No Comments

UK unemployment rose by 118,000 in the three months to November to 2.685 million, official figures show.

The unemployment rate also rose to 8.4% from 8.3%, the highest rate since January 1996.

The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in December rose by 1,200 to 1.6 million.

That was lower than expected and came from a lower base than had been thought. November’s claimant count was revised down to a rise of 200.

The number of young people without a job rose to 1.043 million in the three months to November, taking the unemployment rate in the 16-24 year-old age group to 22.3%.

The number of people in employment rose slightly in the three months to November to 29.119 million


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