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Unemployment rate creeps up to 4.1% as pandemic takes toll

Unemployment rate creeps up to 4.1% as pandemic takes toll

Business
Britain's unemployment rate rose to 4.1% in the three months to July as the total number of jobless rose by 62,000, the Office for National Statistics said.The jobless rate was the highest in nearly two years and up from 3.9% a month earlier - but is still yet to be fully illustrative of the economic crisis with the Treasury's soon-to-end furlough scheme helping keep the numbers down. Live coronavirus updates from UK and around the world Image: Sandwich chain Pret is among employers cutting jobs during the crisis Meanwhile, payroll data showed that 695,000 fewer people were employed in August compared to March when the UK lockdown started - though after revisions to earlier data that was a smaller number than before.Darren Morgan, dir...
155mph winds as Hurricane Lorenzo creeps across Atlantic

155mph winds as Hurricane Lorenzo creeps across Atlantic

World
Winds of 155mph have been recorded as record-breaking Hurricane Lorenzo creeps across the Atlantic.The hurricane set a record overnight for being the strongest ever to make it so far east, as it was officially recognised as a "category five" storm. The US National Hurricane Centre said that the storm has maximum sustained winds of 155mph (250kph) and is moving north towards the Azores, the Portuguese island chain. Image: Lorenzo is the strongest hurricane to be this far east in the Atlantic Ocean. Pic: NOAA NWS National Hurricane Centre The Met Office has warned that its remnants could hit parts of the UK in the coming days.Lorenzo has been continuing on its northern path after being declared by experts as "the strongest hurricane eas...