Unemployment surges by 10,000 in three months to August

Unemployment in Britain rose by 10,000 in the three months to August, to reach a total of 1.82 million.

The unemployment rate was 5.5%, which is unchanged compared with February to April this year, but lower than for a year earlier, when it reached 6.2%.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the inactivity rate (the proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 who were economically inactive) was 22.1%, little changed compared with February to April 2015 but down slightly from a year earlier when it was slightly higher, at 22.3%.

Meanwhile, the UK has seen a small improvement in wage levels.

In the three months to July this year, both total pay (including bonuses) and regular pay (excluding bonuses) for employees in Great Britain increased by 2.9% compared with a year earlier.

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