UK Unemployment Rise in “Tribute to Baroness Thatcher”.
In a fitting tribute to Baroness Thatcher this was announced on the day when her remains were consecrated for Sainthood,
Unemployment jumped by 70,000 in the three months to the end of February and pay rises registered the lowest increase since 2001, adding to the mounting pressure on George Osborne to adopt a more aggressive growth strategy.
The number of people unemployed reached 2.56 million, with 20,000 under 25-year-olds adding their name to the register, pushing the unemployment rate up from 7.8% to 7.9%.Here.
The BBC, ever eager to give the government side (especially as their just appointed News Editor, James Harding, is a Murdoch hack, until very recently Editor of the right-wing Times) adds,
Employment Minister Mark Hoban acknowledged that there were “still tough challenges ahead”, but highlighted the importance of the fall in the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JA), and especially the drop among young people.
“We will continue to give jobseekers all the help and support they need to realise their aspirations,” he said.