Figures show largest UK employment rise on record

Figures show largest UK employment rise on record

Britain saw the largest rise in employment since records began in the three months to July as official figures today revealed 286,000 more people secured jobs.

But unemployment fell by less than expected in the quarter, down 8,000 to 2.47 million, while the closely watched Jobseeker’s Allowance claimant count rose by an unexpected 2,300 last month to 1.47 million, marking the first increase since January.

The figures from Britain's Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggested the recordbreaking leap in employment came largely as those classed as economically inactive, such as students, took on jobs.

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