June 16, 2020 / 6:12 AM / a month ago

Workers on UK payrolls falls in May, vacancies plunge - ONS

LONDON, June 16 (Reuters) - The number of people on company payrolls fell by 1.7% in May as the coronavirus lockdown continued to hurt the labour market and vacancies plunged, official data showed on Tuesday.

The jobless rate unexpectedly held steady at 3.9% over the three months to April.

Economists polled by Reuters had mostly expected a rise in the unemployment rate to 4.7%. (Reporting by William Schomberg, editing by David Milliken)

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