By Marcus Leach
Following Tuesday's fall in inflation, there was further good news this week as the number of people unemployed in the UK fell by 65,000, to 2.58 million, according to official data.
Data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that the level of unemployment had fallen from 8.3% to 8.1% in the three months to May. The figures also showed that the number of people in employment rose by 181,000 to almost 30 million.
However, there was on area of concern, with the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) rising by 6,100 to 1.6 million in June.
“Despite the challenging economic times, the British labour market is showing some resilience, with jobs being created and fewer people unemployed. The persistent rise in the number of people claiming JSA remains troubling, however," Neil Carberry, CBI Director for Employment and Skills, said.
“The rising number of JSA claimants, and the fact that we have 441,000 people who’ve been unemployed for over two years, emphasises how important the Government’s Work Programme is. We need everyone to get behind the vital Work Programme initiative, to ensure it fulfils its potential for jobseekers, employers, and taxpayers.”
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