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The number of people unemployed in the UK is rising faster than the population as a whole.
The unemployment rate for the country has risen from 4.1% to 4.8% since the start of the year, according to figures published by the Office for National Statistics.
It is a rise of more than 400,000 people, more than twice the growth rate in the population.
The rise in the unemployment figures comes as the government prepares to publish a review of its long-term unemployment benefit.
This review will be led by the Chancellor Philip Hammond, who has promised a “decisive” review of the benefit system, with a focus on reducing the impact of cuts to unemployment benefits.
However, it is unclear how the review will address the rise in unemployment.
Mr Hammond said on Tuesday that the “challenges facing the UK economy” are “unavoidable”.
He said the government will provide an update to the public on the “impact of the Budget on the unemployment benefit system” on December 8.
It remains unclear how this review will tackle the rise.
However in February, the Treasury published a new policy paper, outlining the government’s priorities for unemployment benefits, which it said would include reducing the number of unemployed, reducing benefit payments, and reducing the amount of work benefits claimants receive.
The paper said the UK was on track to meet its 2020 targets and that “the unemployment rate will remain below its pre-recession peak”.
It added that “we have made clear to the Treasury that the welfare system must be designed to deliver the full range of support available to workers and their families”.
In its latest analysis, the Office of National Statistics said that the unemployment rise in December was the largest in the last three years.
The increase was the first increase in the jobless rate in almost five years, and was driven by a rise in those who have been out of work for more than a year, and a fall in people who have stopped looking for work.
The data comes as figures from the ONS suggest the UK’s unemployment rate fell in December from 4% to 3.7%.
This follows a similar drop in January to 3% which followed a rise that was partly due to the impact on benefit payments.
However the ONSS report did not specify how many people have been jobless since January.
This month’s figures showed that unemployment rose in England and Wales for the first time in a year to 7.4%, down 0.3 percentage points from a year ago.
However it did not include the number who have gone back to work.
This is partly because some of those who are not on benefits are also not in work.