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UK Unemployment Falls During The Summer

job-centreThe number of unemployed people in the UK has fallen by 7,000 in the three months leading up to July.

The statistics, released by the Office for National Statistics, show the number of unemployed people is now at 2.59 million and figures have been steadily dropping.

The unemployment rate is down by 0.1% compared to previous months and is now at 8.1%. The change is thought to be partly due to the popularity of the Olympic Games – with more employers in the London area opening up new opportunities.

The increase is also thought to be down to more people starting part-time positions. Although full time work has been difficult to secure, jobseekers have been targeting part time opportunities and the number of people working part time rose by 134,000 to 8.12 million.

The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s has also decreased by 15,000 during August.

The Office for National Statistics figures show that the number of unemployed women has decreased although the number of unemployed men has increased marginally.

Although the latest figures do show signs of improvement there are still thousands of people struggling to find work across the country, most noticeably those aged between 16-24. The number of unemployed people falling in this category increased by 7,000 during the summer months.