UK unemployment rate and claimant count up

| August 17, 2011
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The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has today revealed UK unemployment rose in the three months to June.

The ONS said unemployment rose by 38,000 in the three month period to 2.49 million.

The latest figures take the unemployment rate from 7.7% to 7.9%.

Economists had expected the rate to stay flat at 7.7%

Meanwhile, the number of Britons claiming jobseekera��s allowance (JSA) rose for the third consecutive month in July, by 37,000, to 1.56 million a�� the largest rise since May 2009.

Again, the figure was worse than the 20,000 expected by economists.

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