18 Aug 2011

UK unemployment up

9:48 am on 18 August 2011

Unemployment is up in Britain, with more than 37,000 people joining the dole queue in July.

It's the biggest increase since May 2009 and the jobless rate rose from 7.7% to 7.9%.

The youth unemployment rate rose to 20.2%, up from 20% in the quarter to March.

The number of employees working part-time because they could not find a full-time job increased by 83,000 to 1.26 million - the highest figure since comparable records began in 1992.

The unemployment rate remained the highest in the north-east of England, at 10%.

Separately, job vacancies are at their lowest level since November 2009.

Royal Bank of Scotland chief economist Ross Walker says it's a sign the economy is faltering.

Chancellor George Osborne admitted the unemployment figures were ''disappointing'', but said they were not surprising.

The Office for National Statistics reported last month that the rate of economic growth in Britain had slowed in the three months to 30 June.

Gross Domestic Product grew by 0.2% in the second quarter of the year, down from the 0.5% growth rate recorded between January and March.