Around five million UK jobs still furloughed at end of July, government says

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Around 5 million UK jobs still furloughed at end of July, government says

LONDON (Reuters) – Around 5 million British jobs remained fully or partly on furlough at the end of July, down from a peak of just under 9 million but still leaving millions of workers facing uncertainty with the scheme due to be wound up at the end of next month.



a group of people in a dark cloudy sky: Workers cross London Bridge during the morning rush hour in London


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Workers cross London Bridge during the morning rush hour in London

Provisional tax data released on Friday showed employers had registered 4.8 million jobs as furloughed as of July 31, down from a peak of 8.9 million in early May.

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The government said final data could show an upward revision of around 10%, making it likely that 5.3 million jobs were still furloughed at the end of July.

Since July employers have been able to bring furloughed staff back part-time, but still claim furlough payments for the hours when staff are not working.

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UK unemployment nears 2-year high in July, as pandemic claims 750,000 jobs since March


  • The UK’s unemployment rate rose to near two-year highs at 4.1% in July, as almost 750,000 jobs were lost since March this year.
  • The number of employees on payroll fell by 695,000 since March, despite the three months to July marking the period of relaxed lockdown restrictions.
  • The claimant count rose by 120.8% since March to reach 2.7 million in August. 
  • Latest data might not present the true extent of job losses in Britain as “the numbers still don’t include those who have yet to return to work from furlough, and as such aren’t classified as unemployed quite yet,” a chief market analyst said.
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