ONS said job losses seem to have slowed in June, demands Universal credit by the unemployed and those on low income down 28,100 between May and June to 2.6 million.
But the number of applicants has more than doubled since March – up 112.2% or 1.4 million – a sign of the worsening of the employment crisis.
ONS said unemployment fell by 17,000 between March and May to 1.35 million, with the rate unchanged at 3.9%. Experts said this masked a drop in employment, down from 126,000 in the quarter to 32.95 million, with a rate falling to 76.4%.
With 9.4 million people on leave classified as employed, the real impact should not be demonstrated until after the end of the current support program in October.