The total of 1.82 million out of work between July and September was an increase of 154,800 on the same period a year ago, and the highest total since the end of 1997. It means the unemployment rate now stands at 5.8%, the highest since 2000.
The figures from the Office for National Statistics also showed that in the East Midlands the number of unemployed people rose to 135,000, or a rate of 5.9%. This is 0.2% higher than in the same period last year.”
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