Jobless Rate Hits 13 Year High

(Reuters) – UNEMPLOYMENT HIT ITS HIGHEST RATE since 1996 in the three months to June, official figures showed today, while the number of people claiming jobless benefit rose broadly as expected in July.

The Office for National Statistics said the ILO jobless rate rose to 7.8% in April-June, above forecasts for a rise to 7.7% and the highest since Oct-Dec 1996.

The number of people without a job on this measure rose to 2.435 million, its highest since 1995.

Despite recent signs Britain may be starting to emerge from recession, unemployment is expected to keep rising for some months to come.

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