Numbers on furlough fall to lowest level since start of pandemic

The number of people on furlough has fallen to the lowest level since the start of the pandemic as the UK economy continues to rebound and businesses reopen, according to new statistics.

  • around 340,000 people have moved off furlough across the UK over the course of July, according to the latest data
  • a total of 1.6 million people were on furlough as of 31 July, down from almost two million on 30 June, in a sure sign the government’s Plan for Jobs is getting people back to work
  • around 800,000 people have claimed the latest self-employment scheme grant

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