Date: Wednesday 20 Jun 2012
The number of people claiming unemployment benefits rose unexpectedly in May.
The claimant count rose by 8,100, compared to consensus forecasts of a drop of 3,000.
However, the latest unemployment figures, which cover the three months to April, showed a drop of 50,000.
The unemployment rate remained steady at 8.2%, as expected, while average earnings excluding bonuses rose 1.8%, also as predicted.
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