UK LOSES 819,000 PAID JOBS SINCE START OF PANDEMIC
Official figures show that there were 819,000 fewer workers on UK company payrolls in November than at the start of the pandemic.
Hospitality was the worst hit sector, accounting for a third of the job losses, followed by retail, according to the Office for National Statistics.
The unemployment rate rose to 4.9% in the three months to October, with the jobless total up to 1.7 million people.
And redundancies hit a record high over the period.