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Stats show more part-timers


New data from the Office for National Statistics show more people in part-time work.

Its quarterly labour market statistics showed an increase of 33,000 part–time workers, although it revealed unemployment figures were also on the way up.

"Overall, the trend in unemployment seems to have turned and the recent rises are likely to be just the tip of the iceberg," Vicky Redwood, an economist at Capital Economics, told Bloomberg.

According to the ONS figures, 14,000 more people are unemployed and the claimant count has increased by 7,200 in the last quarter.

This is the largest jump since April 2006. The number of vacancies has also risen, up 6,700 from the previous quarter and the number of people in full-time jobs has jumped by 84,000.

Toady's figures have dampened calls for further interest rate cuts as the chancellor is expected to focus on fighting rising inflation.


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