Britain’s unemployment rate unexpectedly rose in the three months to May, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
That was the first time joblessness numbers have gone up since early 2013.
The number of people in work fell by 67,000 during the period (March-May), compared to the three months to April.
The ONS reported that a major reason for the decline was lower numbers of people in part-time work.
Pay rates, however, have been picking up.
Average weekly earnings, including bonuses, rose by 3.2 percent in the three months to May – the sharpest rise for five years.