18 Jun 2010

UK jobless numbers up

6:08 am on 18 June 2010

The number of people unemployed in Britain increased by 23,000 to 2.47 million during the three months to April.

Official figures show the unemployment rate was 7.9%, up from 7.8% in the quarter to January.

However, the number of people claiming an unemployment benefit fell by nearly 31,000, to 1.48 million.