Unemployment creeping up

By politics.co.uk staff

New official unemployment figures show the number of people out of work is gradually rising.

Unemployment has now crept from 6.7 per cent to 7.1 per cent, with 2.215 million people out of work.

There have been 57,000 new people claiming jobseekers allowance.

The Office of National Statistics was forced to release the information a day early, after an “accidental early release of some data”.

The figures are not as bad as some analysts had feared, but unemployment is still expected to hit three million this year.