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Number Of Jobless On Benefits Rises At Fastest Rate For More Than Two Years


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1.52m now claiming Jobseeker's Allowance, up 24,500 on last month the biggest monthly increase since May 2009.

However, the total unemployment figure, including those not eligible for Jobseeker’s Allowance, fell by 26,000 in the latest quarter to 2.45 million – a rate of about 8% - although those out of work for up to a year increased by 11,000.

New figures also revealed a record number of people working part-time because they could not find a full-time job.

The number of women on JSA increased by 9,500 to 493,900, the highest figure since 1996.

Women were also affected most by a 16,000 increase in redundancies in the quarter to May to 144,000, mainly in health and social services.

Figures also revealed a 32,000 increase in people classed as economically inactive, to 9.33 million, mainly due to a 41,000 rise in the number of students not active in the labour market to reach 2.27 million.

The number of people in work increased by 50,000 to 29.28 million, 293,000 lower than the pre-recession peak.

The number of people working part-time because they could not find a full-time job increased by 80,000 to 1,25 million, the highest figure since records began in 1992.

Average earnings increased by 2.3% in the year to May, up by 0.3% over the previous month, with weekly wages now averaging £461.

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