UK: Jobless total increases by 15,000

Jobless figures are up by 15,000

Jobless figures are up by 15,000 - Credit: PA

Unemployment fell by 2,000 across the East of England, bringing the total number of unemployed in the region to 210,000 and its unemployment rate to 6.8%, according to latest statistics.

But across the country, jobless numbers increased by 15,000 to 2.52 million, while total pay growth has fallen to its lowest level in four years.

In London, jobless numbers went up by 5,000, and the south-east by 3,000, while the north west saw a fall of 18,000.

It is the third quarterly increase in a row in the jobless total across the country.

It is the third quarterly increase in a row in the jobless total.

The number of people in work fell by 43,000 in the latest quarter to March, to 29.7 million, the biggest fall since autumn 2011.

Today’s data from the Office for National Statistics revealed that annual wage growth for the three-month period was 0.4%, a fall of 0.4% on the previous quarter, and lagging well behind inflation.

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The figure for March alone showed a fall in pay of 0.4%, the first negative since March 2009.

Meanwhile, average earnings excluding bonuses rose by 0.8%, the lowest rise since records began in 2001.

The figures also revealed that 902,000 people had been out of work for more than a year, a 23,000 increase on the three months to December.

The number of unemployed 16 to 24-year-olds fell by 17,000 to 958,000.

The number of people classed as economically inactive, including students, people on long-term sick leave and those who have given up looking for work, rose by 47,000 to nine million.

Despite today’s increase in unemployment, the total is 92,000 lower than a year ago.