Unemployment up by 7,000

 
Peter Spence
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The UK's unemployment rate has remained unchanged at 7.8 per cent while the total unemployed has increased by 7,000. Average earnings (excluding bonuses) increased by 1.2 per cent while CPI stands at 2.8 per cent, further squeezing consumers. This will be very inconvenient for George Osborne as he unveils the budget today.