16 Jul 2009

Record rise in UK jobless total

5:51 am on 16 July 2009

Unemployment in Britain rose by a record 281,000 to 2.38 million in the three months to May.

The Office for National Statistics said the jobless rate increased to 7.6% - the highest in more than 10 years.

The number of people claiming unemployment benefit increased by 23,800 in June to 1.56 million, which was less than analysts had forecast.

The BBC reports the increase in the unemployment total of 281,000 in the three months to May was the biggest quarterly rise since records of the ILO measure began in 1971.