UK Unemployment Increases Again

New statistics issued by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed that UK unemployment rose by a further 53,000 in the first quarter of 2010, pushing the number of unemployed to its highest level since 1994. The statistics also revealed that the unemployment rate was up 0.2% on the quarter, bucking the recent trend.

In stark contrast to the rise in the number of unemployed, the number of people claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance (the claimant count) fell 27,000, suggesting many of those that have left the labour market have either gone into full time education or are reluctant to seek benefit help.