Unemployment reaches alarming new figure

Unemployment has risen in the second quarter by 53,500 taking the rate to 24.63% and the number out of work to 5,693,100, an all time high.

The numbers come from the EPA survey of the active population published today by the National Statistics Institute.

1,737,600 families have all their members out of work, some 9,300 families more than in the first quarter.

15,900 jobs were destroyed between April and June and nearly 886,000 in the last year.

Youth unemployment is also up, with those aged under 25 out of work up 53.28%.

55% of the new unemployed have been affected by the cuts.

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