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UK jobless touch 12-yr high; 2.26 mn people unemployed

UK saw a whopping 2.26 million people becoming jobless in the three months to April 2009, pushing the unemployment numbers to the highest in 12 years, as the economy continued to reel under recession.

world Updated: Jun 17, 2009 19:46 IST

The UK saw a whopping 2.26 million people becoming jobless in the three months to April 2009, pushing the unemployment numbers to the highest in 12 years, as the economy continued to reel under recession.

jobless rate soared to 7.2 per cent in the three months to April, the highest since 1997.

by the official figures, the count of jobless people rose by 2,32,000 in the first three months to April to 2.26 million, the most since 1996.

The number of unemployed people increased by 232,000 over the quarter and by 605,000 over the year, to reach 2.26 million," the UK's Office of National Statistics said in a statement.

The unemployment rate was 7.2 per cent for the three months to April 2009, up 0.7 over the previous quarter and up 1.9 over the year, it added.

According to the statement, the number of people claiming unemployment benefit grew by 39,000 to 1.54 million in May. With the financial turmoil hitting them hard, many of the developed economies have seen massive jobless and the unemployment rate in the US crossed 9 per cent in May.

In the UK, the employment rate for the people of working age was 73.3 per cent for the three months to April, down 0.8 from the previous quarter.