Great Britain

Unemployment hits 813,000 Brits since start of pandemic with 56,000 losing jobs last month

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AROUND 813,000 jobs have been lost since the start of the pandemic as a further 56,000 were out of work last month, according to new figures.

It means the total number of workers who don't have a job now stands at 1.67million, reports the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

But overall, the rate of unemployment dropped from 5.1% to 4.9% compared to the previous quarter.

The fall was unexpected as the UK spent the majority of the quarter in a coronavirus lockdown, where millions of non-essential businesses were forced to close.

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