The official number of people unemployed in the UK has risen to 2.47 million, at the end of August 2009. This is nothing new, as figures have been increasing dramatically every quarter for the last year, but what has happened is the rate at which the number is increasing has slowed down slightly and could signal the start of the increase in unemployment stopping.
This has started some talk of a fragile recovery but in reality there is no quick cure for the millions of unemployed. The number of people claiming job seekers allowance (JSA) has increased in September 2009 by more than 20,000 to 1.63 million people which may be more of an indication than that of the official unemployment figure. There has certainly been an increase in those able to take their skills and use the current economic climate to branch into self employment, which could be part of the reason for such a large discrepancy.
Unemployment could be an opportunity to try a different career path and maybe push yourself out of your comfort zone. If you are looking for employment then finding a recruitment agency to help you match your new skill or trade with an employer can make all the difference.