British unemployment languishes at ten-year low: data

20th April 2016, Comments 0 comments

Britain's unemployment rate stands at its lowest level in more than a decade, but the jobless total has risen for the first time in almost a year, data showed Wednesday.

Unemployment stood at 5.1 percent in the three months to February, unchanged from the three months to January, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said in a statement.

That was the lowest rate -- or proportion of the workforce that are unemployed -- since 2005.

The ONS added that the unemployment total climbed by 21,000 to 1.7 million people in the three months to February compared with the previous three months. That was the first increase since last summer.

Ben Brettell, senior economist at Hargreaves Lansdown stockbrokers said "the UK labour market remains in reasonable health", adding that "the increase in unemployment wasn't even enough to change the rate".

© 2016 AFP

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