The number of Britons claiming unemployment benefit rose unexpectedly in January.
There were 23,500 more people on the dole last month.
That wiped out the declines seen in the previous two months and took the total number of claimants to its highest since 1997.
In jobless total in the UK is 7.8 percent of the working population. In the euro zone it is 10 percent and in the US it is 9.7 percent.