Jobless total rises to 1.66m despite employment hitting record 32m
Unemployment has increased even though the number of people in work is at record levels, new figures have shown.
The jobless total rose by 10,000 in the quarter to August to 1.66 million, the first jump since the turn of the year.
The claimant count, including those on Jobseeker's Allowance, also increased last month - up by 700 to 776,400. It was the sixth time in the last seven months that the figure has increased.
But employment was up by 106,000 in the latest quarter to almost 32 million, the highest since records began in 1971.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said its data... read more
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