Unemployment Rising in the United Kingdom

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From Personel Today:
John Philpott, chief economic adviser at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, warned that unemployment is likely to continue rising for some time.
"It's clear from the large quarterly fall in employment and very sharp rise in headline unemployment that the UK jobs market is weakening significantly and that we can expect unemployment to continue to rise well into next year," Philpott explained. "What's most worrying is that the private sector jobs recovery has slowed markedly while the public sector jobs cull is accelerating rapidly.
From the U.K. Office for National Statistics:
The unemployment rate for the three months to July 2011 was 7.9 per cent of the economically
active population,
Big Ben

Unemployment is on the rise in the UK.

up 0.3 on the quarter. The total number of unemployed people increased by
80,000 over the quarter to reach 2.51 million.
This is the largest quarterly increase in unemployment since the three months to August 2009.
The number of unemployed men increased by 39,000 on the quarter to reach 1.45 million and the number of unemployed women increased by 41,000 to reach 1.06 million, the highest figure since the three months to April 1988. unemployment occurred mainly among people aged from 18 to 24. The number of unemployed
people in this age group rose by 77,000 over the quarter to reach 769,000.
The employment rate for those aged from 16 to 64 for the three months to July 2011 was 70.5 per
cent, down 0.2 percentage points on the quarter. The number of people in employment aged 16
and over decreased by 69,000 on the quarter but increased by 24,000 on the year to reach 29.17
million.
The number of men in employment fell by 71,000 on the quarter to reach 15.63 million, with
falls in employment for both full-time workers (down 32,000 on the quarter) and part-time workers
(down 39,000) on the quarter. There was a small increase of 2,000 in the number of women in
employment to reach 13.54 million. The number of women working full-time increased by 84,000 on
the quarter but the number of women working part-time fell by 83,000. The number of employees
and self-employed people working part-time because they could not find a full-time job increased by
70,000 on the quarter to reach 1.28 million, the highest figure since comparable records began in
1992.
The number of people employed in the public sector fell by 111,000 between March and June
2011 to reach 6.04 million. This is the largest fall in public sector employment since comparable
quarterly records began in 1999. In June 2011 the public sector accounted for 20.7 per cent of all
people in employment, the lowest percentage since September 2008. The number of people in
private sector employment increased by 41,000 on the quarter to reach 23.13 million

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