Biggest Rise in British Unemployment in 17 Years

The jobless total grew 10% to 1.79 million in the May-August period, with many of the losses coming from the construction industry

The jobless total leapt by 164,000 to 1.79 million between May and August, the highest rise for 17 years, it was revealed yesterday, providing stark evidence that the economic slowdown is forcing firms to lay off staff.

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