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Unemployment up by 28,000

The UK unemployment rate rose by 28,000 in the three months to January to reach 2.67 million, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.

The employment rate for those aged from 16 to 64 was 70.3% unchanged on the quarter.

The unemployment rate has not been higher since 1995. The inactivity rate for those aged from 16 to 64 was 23.1%, down 0.1 on the quarter.

There were 9.30 million economically inactive people aged from 16 to 64, down 27,000 on the quarter.

While the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance increased by 7,200 to 1.61 million in February.

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