The chancellor has said looking for new ways to protect jobs is his “number one priority” after the unemployment rate hit its highest level in two years.
Rishi Sunak said finding innovative solutions was “top of mind”
as figures showed unemployment rose to 4.1% in the three months to July, up from 3.9%.
Labor called for the furlough scheme to be replaced when it ends in October, warning joblessness could spike.
But the chancellor stressed this would not help people find new opportunities.
Mr Sunak acknowledged the furlough wage support scheme had worked, with more than half of the 9.6 million workers furloughed since May returning to work by mid-August.
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