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Unemployment rises for second successive month

Unemployment increased by 25,000 between April and June, figures showed - marking the second rise in successive months.

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Latest figures suggest jobs market may be 'levelling off'

The latest increase of unemployment "strengthens (the) possibility" the jobs market may be levelling off, the Office for National Statistics has cautioned.

This is now the second consecutive time we’ve reported fewer people in work on the quarter. While it’s still too early to conclude that the jobs market is levelling off, these figures certainly strengthen that possibility. Growth in pay, however, remains solid.

– ONS statistician David Freeman

Unemployment increased by 25,000 between April and June to 1.85 million, while the ONS showed jobs vacancies have largely steadied in the last six months.

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