UK Jobless Reaches 2.22 Million

(BBC) – THE OFFICE FOR NATIONAL STATISTICS (ONS) revealed that the number of people out of work in the UK rose by 244,000 — to 2.22 million in the first three months of this year.

Unemployment trendsThe jobless rate rose from 6.7% to 7.1%, whilst unemployment benefit claimants, in April, rose 57,100 to 1.51 million.

The quarterly rises in the jobless rate, and the headline figure, were the biggest since 1981.

‘Unemployment is the country’s number one emergency and the government must use all possible means to address it,’ said Brendan Barber, general secretary of the TUC.

‘Some people in the City are already talking of recovery; but the only recovery in the real world will be when unemployment starts to fall.’

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