Unemployment Rises

Unemployment increased by 131,000 in the three months to November to 1.92 million, the highest figure for over a decade. The UK now has an unemployment rate of 6.1 per cent and the two million barrier is sure to be breached next month following a spate of recent job cuts. The number of people claiming jobseekers allowance increased last month by 77,900 to 1.16 million, the worst figure since 2000. The monthly benefit claimant increase was the second highest since 1991, and the claimant count has now increased for 11 months in a row, according to the Office for National Statistics. The figures show that 225,000 people became redundant in the quarter to November, up by 78,000 on the previous three months and the highest figure since comparable records began in 1995. The number of people in work fell by 26,000 in the latest period to 29.39 million, giving an employment rate of 74.2 per cent, down by 0.2 per cent from the previous quarter.