From The BBC:
Unemployed Syeed Ali: “I’m sick of being on benefits”
The number of people out of work in the UK has risen to its highest level since 1995, official figures have shown.Unemployment increased by 220,000 to 2,435,000 in the three months to June, taking the jobless rate to 7.8%. Claims for unemployment benefit were the highest in 12 years, increasing by 24,900 in July to 1.58 million. Average earnings, excluding bonuses, grew at their slowest rate since records began in 2001, the Office for National Statistics said. Earnings excluding bonuses rose at an annual rate of 2.5% in the three months to June, down from 2.6% in the three months to May. Those in manufacturing only averaged pay increases of 1.1%, while the public sector saw an average rise of 3.7%. Average earnings including bonuses also rose by 2.5%, but this was up from the previous rate of 2.3%.
BBC employment correspondent Martin Shankleman says the figures confirm…
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