Unemployment in the UK

Cumbria's jobless figure climbs by 300

There were 300 more people out of work in Cumbria in July than in the previous month, according to the latest figures.

The worst affected areas are Carlisle and South Lakeland, but overall it was an increase of 2.1%, compared to the national rise of 3.5%.

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The number of unemployed people in Cumbria has more than doubled since March, to 14,205.

A county council analyst said there were signs that the job market is opening up a little with another increase in job postings in July, including a welcome increase in the hospitality sector, and an increase in business start-ups, although both figures still remained below the pre-lockdown level.

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The latest jobless numbers are out this morning.

Figures suggest that the number of people in the UK, on company payrolls, fell by 730,000 between March and July.

It says the coronavirus pandemic was to blame in large part.

The number of people signing on and looking for work in the North East has also shown a sharp rise compared to a year ago, up 52,000 to 124,000 in July compared to the same period last year.

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Latest employment statistics: North East rate higher than last year

The UK has seen its biggest quarterly slump in employment for more than a decade.

Employment decreased by 220,000 on the quarter, said the Office for National Statistics.

This was the largest quarterly decrease since May to July 2009, the depths of the financial crisis.

The latest round of statistics were released this morning - and show the pandemic is hitting certain parts of the work force harder than others.

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