U.K. joblessness up but not as much as some feared

The number of British workers submitting claims for unemployment benefits rose by 57,000 in April, substantially short of the 85,000 economists had expected. There was little else to celebrate in the numbers released by the Office for National Statistics. "The smaller-than-expected rise in the U.K. claimant count in April is good news, but the rest of the labor-market figures are pretty awful," said Vicky Redwood, an economist at Capital Economics.

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