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ONS figures show 49,000 construction job losses in Q1

New Government figures show 49,000 construction workers were made redundant in the first three months of 2009.

The latest Office for National Statistics figures reveal the 195 per cent increase in redundancies between January and March 2009 compared to the 17,000 job cuts in Q1 2008.

But the figures also show 10,000 construction vacancies between April and June 2009, down from 23,000 for the same period a year earlier.

The ONS figures show 2,246,000 people were employed in construction as of the end of March 2009.

Overall UK unemployment rose by 281,000 over the three months to May – taking unemployment up to 2.38 million, the highest level since 1995.

The quarterly increase in unemployment was a record rise and unemployment has grown by more than three quarters of a million over the last year.

The unemployment rate stands at 7.6 per cent of the economically active population up from 6.9 per cent over the previous quarter.