UK unemployment rises to 5.1% as Covid lockdown freezes economy

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Authorities furlough scheme prevents greater improve in joblessness in December

Unemployment within the UK edged greater to five.1% in December as the federal government’s furlough scheme continued to stop a steep rise in job losses within the run-up to Christmas.

With a lot of the financial system nonetheless in enforced hibernation, the unemployment price within the three months to December elevated from 5% in November and was up by 1.5 proportion factors from a yr earlier, in response to the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics.

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