Unemployment falls by 200,000 as Covid recovery continues

THE jobs market is continuing to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, new data shows.

The number of people in a job rose by 197,000 between April and May.

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The unemployment rate fell slightly to 4.7% in the three months to April.

The unemployment rate was 4.8% in the three months to March, official jobs data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows.

Unemployment surged to a five-year high of 5.1% in February, with the number of jobless Brits at 1.74million.

Sam Beckett, ONS head of economic statistics, said: “The number of employees on payroll grew strongly in May, up by almost 200,000, although it is still over half a million down since the pandemic struck.

“Job vacancies continued to recover in the spring, and our early estimates suggest that by May the total had surpassed its pre-pandemic level, with strong growth in sectors such as hospitality.

“Meanwhile the redundancy rate remains subdued, while the number of employees on furlough has continued to decline.”

The Prime Minister yesterday pushed back the final stage of getting the country back on track after the pandemic.

The planned date for the last lockdown restrictions lifting on June 21 has been delayed.

Rising cases of the Indian or Delta variant as it’s also known, have derailed the government’s roadmap.

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