Britain's jobless total rises by 7,000

Unemployment increased by 7,000 between November and January to 2.52 million. The ONS figures also show the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance last month fell by 1,500 to 1.54 million.

Today's jobless figures come just hours before the Chancellor's Budget
Today's jobless figures come just hours before the Chancellor's Budget Credit: Press Association

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Unemployment rises by 7,000

Unemployment increased by 7,000 between November and January to 2.52 million, official figures have revealed. But the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance last month fell by 1,500 to 1.54 million.