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UK unemployment at 14 year high

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Unemployment is at its highest level for 14 years. It increased by 210,000 to 2.47m in the three months to July, taking the jobless rate to 7.9%.

The narrower claimant count - people claiming Jobseekers Allowance - is around 1.6m - is up but the rate of increase has slowed in recent months.

For some who lose their jobs, financial hardship looms much more quickly than they had expected, as Hugh Pym reports.

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