UK joblessness down by 5,000

Suzie Neuwirth

UK UNEMPLOYMENT has fallen by 5,000 in the first quarter of 2013, according to new data from the Office for National Statistics.

The figures showed that 2.51 million people were unemployed in the first three months of the year, with average earnings up 1.3 per cent year-on-year.

However, long-term unemployment has increased, with those out of work for over a year rising by 11,000 in April to almost 898,000.

Critics have argued that the figures show that Britain’s labour market is far from recovery after the recession.