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Increase in JSA claimants in April

Friday May 20th 2011

The number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance (JSA) rose 12,400 - the biggest increase in 16 months - to 1.47 million in April, according to new figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Economists had forecast the total claimant count to drop between 4,000 -10,000.

The number of women claimants rose 9,300 to reach a 14-and-a-half year high of 474,400 last month, as changes to benefit rules introduced in 2008 prompted more single mothers to shift from income support to JSA.

A total of 994,200 men claimed JSA in April, up 3,100, the ONS said.

Elsewhere the number of unemployed people in the UK dropped 36,000 to 2.455 million in the three months to March, a rate of 7.7%.

This figure is 0.1% lower than that recorded in the previous quarter.

Copyright © Press Association 2011

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