15 Jun 2010

Slightly more people on benefits in May

8:01 am on 15 June 2010

The number of people on benefits rose slightly in May, bringing the total to nearly 330,000.

That's nearly 1900 more than in April. The 0.6% increase was spread across all benefit types.

The Government says it was to be expected as the availability of seasonal work dries up, but the numbers are still lower than forecast.