THOUSANDS more workers in South Lakeland came off furlough in June, figures show, ahead of a reduction in Government support for employees' wages.

The Resolution Foundation said it is vital that as many furloughed staff as possible return to work soon, to limit the rise in unemployment after the scheme ends.

The latest figures from HM Revenue and Customs show that 3,100 jobs held by workers living in South Lakeland were furloughed as of June 30 – 7 per cent of all that were eligible.

That was 2,400 fewer than the 5,500 furloughed at the end of May - they were among 590,000 people removed from the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme across the UK.

The number of workers still furloughed fell to 1.9 million in June – the lowest level since the start of the pandemic.

June’s numbers are the last before the scheme started to shift more of the burden from the Treasury to companies.

In July, employers had to pick up 10 per cent of their employees’ salaries, while Government support dropped from 80 per cent to 70 per cent.

Since Sunday (August 1), employers now cover 20 per cent of the furlough pay until the scheme comes to a close at the end of September.