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U.K. Jobless Claims Rise in Glimpse of Losses to Come

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U.K. jobless claims increased in March and the number of people seeking welfare support during the lockdown topped the 1.5 million-mark, highlighting the growing financial pressure on households from the coronavirus pandemic.

Jobless claims rose 12,200 from February, taking the rate to a six-year high of 3.5%, the Office for National Statistics said Tuesday. Separate figures showed the Department for Work and Pensions is on average receiving five times the number of claims for Universal Credit benefits than it would it a normal week.