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Unemployment in Britain rises to 5.5 percent, almost 1 million people claiming benefits

LONDON – Britain’s unemployment rate has increased to 5.5 percent, the government said Wednesday.The Office for National Statistics said the number of people claiming jobless benefits rose by 2,000 last month to 957,000 – its 16th increase in the last 17 months. The index records the number of people claiming jobseekers allowance.The 5.5 percent unemployment rate for the three months to the end of June is up 0.3 percentage point from the previous three months.The so-called claimant count is now at its highest level for four years and is heading toward the politically sensitive 1 million mark, which was last reached in 2001.The manufacturing sector continued to record losses, leaving the number of workers in the industry at a record low of 3.04 million, a drop of 103,000 from a year ago.However, the job rate figures also showed that the number of people in work rose by 42,000 over the latest quarter, to 28.94 million, the highest figure since comparable records began in 1971.


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