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UK unemployment has registered its first fall since last spring, according to official figures, and the UK’s largest grocer is creating 20,000 additional jobs.

Unemployment fell by 35,000 to 2.65 million over the December-to-February period, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The unemployment rate edged down from a 12-year high of 8.4% to 8.3%, the lowest level since the summer of last year.

The claimant count rose by 3,600 in March to 1.61 million.

That is the highest total since October 2009, according to the ONS.

“If you look at the longer-term picture, unemployment rose quite strongly during the summer of last year, then the increases tailed off a bit towards the end of the year,” Nick Palmer from the ONS told BBC News.

“So despite this latest decrease, the level of unemployment is significantly higher than it was a year ago, in fact it is some 170,000 higher than it was at the same point a year ago,” he said.

Most migrant workers and students head for London, however, the latest report shows that prospects for employment differ across the regions of UK:

Within the English regions the picture is also very varied:

  • The North East saw unemployment fall by 9,000, but the region still has the highest rate in England, of 11.2%
  • The South East recorded a fall in the jobless total of 2,000. It has the lowest rate in England, of 6.3%

Across the UK, average earnings rose by 1.1% in the year to February, the slowest pace since the summer of 2010.

TESCO creating 20,000 new jobs in UK

Supermarket giant Tesco is investing £1bn in its UK business this year and plans to create 20,000 extra jobs. Tesco is the UK’s largest private employer with almost 300,000 staff. Source: BBC.

Supermarket jobs are mainly low skilled, but are suitable for Bulgarian and Romanian NVQ Customer Service students looking for paid work placements to run alongside vocational courses.

Bulgarians and Romanians may freely travel to the UK to exercise their rights under Article 39 and apply for a Yellow Card registration card to work and study full time whilst studying for a vocational qualification, such as NVQ or QCF in Customer Service.  Importantly, this right can also apply to you, even if you are here working illegally or have broken the rules in the past.

This right can also apply to you if you have previously been refused yellow card.

See also:

Employment restrictions for Bulgarians and Romanians extended until end of 2013

London Olympic motto unveiled as 100-day countdown begins

How Romanians and Bulgarians working illegally without Yellow Card or papers can legalise their status in the UK

Yellow or Blue Card Refused – Appeal or Reapply?

If you need any immigration advice or help with Sponsorship or Work Permits, Visa, ILR/Settlement, Citizenship, dependant visa or an appeal against a refusal please email: or visit

Majestic College offer special packages for EU students. They also have a number of employers looking for staff right now and are willing to employ Bulgarians and Romanians.

For more information call Joanna on 0208 207 1020 or email

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