1. ITV Report

Jobless Figures

The unemployment rate increased to a near 17-year high today after another rise in the jobless total to almost 2.7 million. The number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance increased for the twelfth month in a row, up by 7,200 in February to 1.6 million, the worst figure since the end of 2009. But the number of people in work increased by 9,000 in the quarter to January to 29.1 million, while the 28,000 increase in unemployment was the lowest for almost a year.

  • Youth unemployment increased by 16,000 to reach 1.04million, a jobless rate of 22.5%
  • The number of unemployed women has risen by 22,000 to 1.13million.
  • The number of people working part-time because they could not find a full-time job increased by 110,000 to 1.3million, the highest since records began in 1992.
  • The unemployment rate is now 8.4%, up by 0.1% from the previous quarter, the highest since the end of 1995.

Unemployment in Yorkshire and the Humber now stands at 261,000 - an increase of 9000 or 9.8%