Posted on Wed 16 Dec 2020, 06:14 AM

Britain’s unemployment rate has struck the highest level in four years after the coronavirus pandemic wiped out a record amount of jobs, official data showed on Tuesday.

The rate — or proportion of the workforce that is unemployed — hit 4.9 percent in the three months to the end of October, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said in a statement.

That compared with a rate of 4.8 percent for the quarter to the end of September. The ONS added that the rate was last higher in August 2016, when it had stood at 5.0 percent.

Posted on Mon 23 Nov 2020, 11:08 PM

Dr Godwin Oyiwona, Benue Supervisory Commissioner for Health, says cases of Yellow Fever disease have been reported in three Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.

Oyiwona disclosed this at the flag-off of vaccination against yellow fever on Monday in Makurdi.

He said the disease which had killed about 20 people so far in Ogbadibo, has now spread to Okpokwu and Ado local government areas of the state.

Posted on Thu 12 Nov 2020, 05:30 PM

Nearly a third of South Africa’s workforce was unemployed in the third quarter of 2020, a 12-year high, as the continent’s most advanced economy was battered by the Covid pandemic, according to government figures released Thursday.

Between July and September, the jobless rate surged by 7.5 percentage points to affect 30.8 percent of the workforce, the national statistics agency StatsSA said.

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