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UK unemployment rate remains unchanged at 7.9%

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by Kay Mitchell

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has today revealed UK unemployment rose in the three months to November.

The ONS said unemployment grew by 49,000 in the three month period to 2.498 million.

The latest figures means the unemployment rate is unchanged from last month at 7.9% – in line with forecasts.

In the meantime, the number of Britons claiming jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) fell in December, by 4,100 to 1.457 million – the lowest in 21 months, the ONS said.

The ONS also revealed that one in five 16 to 24-year-olds are now unemployed, taking the total to 951,000 without jobs – the highest figure since records began in 1992.

Unemployment is expected to rise further as the Coalition Government’s tough austerity measures will see more than 300,000 public sector staff lose their jobs over the next four years.

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