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Job queues lengthen in UK

Job queues lengthen in UK
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UK jobless figures grew unexpectedly in August, sneaking up by just over 2000, and confounding analysts’ average forecasts of a drop of 3000.

It was the first rise in jobless claims in seven months, and indicates a weakening job market ahead of next month’s budget cuts, which are expected to slash public sector spending by a quarter in Britain’s stiffest dose of austerity since the second world war.