UK unemployment has risen to 2.52 million, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has said.
ONS figures showed 15,000 more people were unemployed in the three months to the end of March, with the unemployment rate now at 7.8%.
Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants fell by 7,300 last month to 1.52 million.
But despite this an ONS spokesman told the BBC the figures suggest the recent period of falling unemployment “seems to have come to an end”.
Growth in average earnings is also slowing, the ONS figures suggest.
Average earnings increased by 0.4% in the year to March, compared with a rate of 0.8% in the previous month.
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