United Kingdom jobless claims near three million on coronavirus

Workers in the UK fall by 612,000 on payrolls

Top News Workers in the UK fall by 612,000 on payrolls By Arzu

Figures for the West Midlands show the numbers claiming unemployment benefits, including Universal Credit, were up 47,305 to 265,030 (7.3 per cent).

The ONS on Tuesday added that the unemployment rate - or the proportion of the workforce that is unemployed - was flat at 3.9 percent in the three months to April, not far from a 45-year low.

Scotland's unemployment rate has gone up from 3.5% in February.

The news comes amid the announcement of job losses including agency workers at Jaguar Land Rover's plant at the i54 near Wolverhampton.

The figures reflect the impact of around six weeks of lockdown in the United Kingdom, in which nearly nine million workers have been furloughed.

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The ONS said vacancies also slumped around 60% in May compared with March.

"The Scottish unemployment rate rose to 4.6% in the latest data, up 1.1%-points over the past three months, " he said.

That line is worth bearing in mind when looking at the Office for National Statistics' labour market figures today; indeed, anybody studying the headline figures from its release would learn nothing of the nightmarish Covid-19 impact about to be visited on the United Kingdom jobs scene.

The ONS said today (Jun 16) that jobless claims under Universal Credit jumped by almost a quarter (23.3 per cent) month on month in May to 2.8 million and rocketed by 125.9 per cent or 1.6 million since March when the United Kingdom went into lockdown.

"Early indicators for May show that the number of employees on payrolls were down over 600,000 compared with March".

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New statistics from the Annual Population Survey show that 309,000 young people aged 16 to 24 years were in employment in Scotland in April 2019 to March 2020.

'The Claimant Count was up again, though not all of these people are necessarily unemployed'.

However, researchers and economists feel that the full after effects of the lockdown on employment and wages in the country will only be felt after October, when support programmes for people will end.

Labour's Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, Jonathan Reynolds said, "These numbers show that unless the government acts, the United Kingdom is likely to face mass unemployment on a scale not seen for decades once the furlough scheme is withdrawn".

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