UK jobless rate down slightly in quarter to April

09:13, June 17, 2010      

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The unemployment rate in Britain for the three months to April has declined by 0.1 percentage point to 7.9 percent comparing with the three months to March, the Office for National Statistics reported Wednesday.

The office said the number of unemployed people in the country had increased by 23,000 in the three month to April over the previous quarter to 2.47 million, but was down slightly compared with the 2.51 million jobless in the three months to March.

The jobless number for more than 12 months also increased by 85,000 in the three months to April over the previous quarter and reached 772,000, the highest since the three months to April in 1997.

However, the number of jobless unemployed for up to six months fell by 42,000 to 1.17 million in the three months to April compared with the previous quarter, the office added.

Source:Xinhua

(Editor:黄蓓蓓)

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