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UK jobless figures up fastest in two years

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UK jobless figures up fastest in two years

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The number of people unemployed in the UK had its sharpest rise for nearly two years.

The figures from the Office for National Statistics showed the numbers increased by 80,000 taking the total of those out of work to 2.51 million in the three months to July.

Youth unemployment also rose sharply, by 78,000 to 973,000.

“A very unwelcome set of figures,” is how Employment Minister Chris Grayling described the news.