UK unemployment rises but claimant count falls

UK unemployment increased by 27,000 in the three months to the end of January to 2.53m, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The increase took the unemployment rate to eight per cent, the ONS said, with the youth unemployment rate at a record.

However, the ONS figures also showed that the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance fell by 10,200 in February to 1.45m.