UNEMPLOYMENT has risen to 5.1%, its highest in five years.
There were 121,000 more people out of work in the three months to December 2020.
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It means the total jobless now stands at 1.74 million.
The Prime Minister yesterday announced a roadmap for lockdown being lifted.
He promised not to “pull the rug out” on economic support hinting that there could be an extension to the furlough scheme.
Non-essential retail is set to open again from April 12, while pubs and restaurants can start serving outside with table service and takeaways.
The move gives hopes to thousands of workers in retail and hospitality who have been unable to work because the lockdown.
Those who can work from home will continue to do so until at least June.
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