UK jobless rate rises due to lockdown

London, Sept. 15 (BNA): Britain’s unemployment rate rose for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown began in March, official data showed on Tuesday.


The unemployment rate increased to 4.1% in the three months to July from 3.9% in the April-June period, the Office for National Statistics said, according to Reuters.


Economists polled by Reuters had expected the unemployment rate to rise to 4.1%.


However, a fall in the number of people in employment was less severe than expected at 12,000, compared with a median forecast for a fall of 125,000 in the Reuters poll.




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