UK unemployment down by 37,000, say latest ONS figures

According the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), unemployment fell by 37,000 in the three months to the end of November, with the total figure of those out of work standing at 2.49 million.

The unemployment level in the last quarter is the lowest since spring 2011. The ONS also said that the number of people claiming job seeker’s allowance was down by 12,100 to 1.56 million, and that average earnings had increased by 1.5% in the year to November.

The employment rate for those aged from 16 to 64 was 71.4%, up 1.1% on a year earlier. And the number of people classed as economically inactive, including those looking after a relative or who have given up looking for a job, fell by 13,000 to just over nine million.

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