There has been an increase in the number of jobless and a drop in earnings growth according to figures out today.
Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows the number of people out of work in the three months to April rose by 36,000 on the previous quarter to 1,495,000.
The ONS also finds that the number of people out of work and claiming benefit increased by 9,700 last month to 950,800 - the biggest jump for more than 10 years.
Average earnings increased by 3.2 per cent in the year to April, down from March's figure of 3.4 per cent.
The manufacturing sector continued to struggle, with the number of industrial-based jobs in the three months to April falling by 3.7 per cent from a year ago to 3.53 million - the lowest level since records began in 1984.
However, although unemployment increased, the number of people in employment also increased by 51,000 to 27.87 million - the highest level since records began.
The apparent contradiction between rising joblessness and employment is explained in part by the large number of women entering the workforce for the first time.