British unemployment rate down to 7.8 percent in three months to July

22:33, September 15, 2010      

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The unemployment rate in Britain for the three months to July declined by 0.1 percentage point to 7.8 percent comparing with the revised rate in the three months to June, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported on Wednesday.

The report showed that the number of unemployed people in Britain was down by 8,000 in the three month to July over the previous quarter to 2.47 million.

However, The number of people unemployed for more than 12 months increased by 16,000 in the three months to July over the previous quarter and reached to 797,000.

The UK employment rate for those aged from 16 to 64 for the three months to July of 2010 was 70.7 percent, up by 0.4 percentage point over the previous quarter. There has not been a larger quarterly increase in the employment rate since the three months to May of 1989.

Source: Xinhua

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