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U.K. employment picture worsens in August as payrolls fall, unemployment rate increases


Workers wear NHS Test and Trace branded Hi-Vis jackets as they work at a COVID-19 testing centre in Bolton, northern England on September 9, 2020, as local lockdown restrictions are put in place due to a spike in cases of the novel coronavirus in the city.

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The U.K. jobs market took a step backwards in August, with the unemployment rate edging higher and the number of workers falling.

The 73,000 increase in the claimant count — which includes those who are eligible for assistance while still being in a job — was below the 100,000…


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