UK unemployment still rising

14 September 2011

The number of people unemployed in the UK rose by 80,000 in the last quarter – the largest increase in nearly two years, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

In total, there were 2.51 million unemployed in the three months to July, with the unemployment rate now at 7.9%.

The number of people employed by the public sector fell by 110,000 but private sector employment countered that slightly by employing an additional 41,000 people over the period.

Meanwhile, youth unemployment has shot up by 78,000 to 973,000.

"The UK jobs market has been fairly resilient considering the poor state of the economy, but these figures are an ominous sign for the months ahead," says Daniel Callaghan, founder of recruitment company MBA & Co.

"Public sector job losses are continuing to weigh down on the recruitment market as a whole, and the private sector is no more willing to bear the brunt of this now than it was three months ago."

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