UK jobless rate highest since 2016; reopening hopes lift travel shares – business live

SourceThe Guardian
SectorEconomy
CountryMiddle east

Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial newsLatest: Travel and hospitality shares rallyHoliday bookings surge in UK after lockdown exit plans revealed UK jobless rate highest in almost five yearsUnemployment rate hit 5.1% in October-DecemberONS: labour market may be stabilisingCIPD: Chancellor should extend furlough scheme 2.10pm GMT Worryingly, job losses across the UK’s wholesale and retail sectors have hit a record.The CBI’s latest ‘distributive trades’ survey, released this morning, shows that retail sales kept falling in the year to February. With internet sales growing at record pace, retail groups kept laying off staff.CBI DTS February - Retail sales fell in the year to February, at a slower pace than the previous month #dts pic.twitter.com/GCNCGVafZpInternet sales grew at an historic pace (question first asked in Aug 2009), with the pace of growth expected to be broadly similar next month #DTS pic.twitter.com/xWBluKQzdFEmployment for the wider distributive sector fell at the fastest pace in DTS history (starting in August 1983), though broadly...read more...