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UK job ads rise, one in five still furloughed: ONS

A man walks past a job centre following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Manchester

LONDON (Reuters) – A measure of job vacancies in Britain showed an improvement in late February but around one in five workers remained on the government’s job furlough scheme, data published on Thursday showed.

Based on figures from jobs website Adzuna, in the week ending Feb. 26, online job adverts were at 86% of their level in the same week last year, an increase of five percentage points from two weeks earlier, the Office for National Statistics said.

It also said 19% of the workforce of all businesses were furloughed, broadly unchanged from 20% in a previous survey.

(Writing by William Schomberg, editing by William James)

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