Secretarial Jobs Board

Unemployment rises by 60,000

13/08/2008

Unemployment figures have increased by 60,000 according to data released by the government's Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Its figures revealed that more people are relying on incapacity benefit, but also found more people working than 12 months ago.

"Despite this months rise in unemployment, there are still 380,000 more people in work than a year ago," observed work and pensions minister James Plaskitt.

He said people who lose a job often return quickly to the labour force and "into another in less than 3 months".

Inflation has also jumped, which means workers could be facing higher bills without the corresponding wage increases.

ONS data revealed pay rises have slowed –average earnings without bonuses are up 3.4 per cent, well short of inflation, which has now reached 4.4 per cent.

Increased prices affect the pay packet of a secretary and a manager alike, regardless of their employment contract.

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