UK unemployment down to 1.86 million

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Unemployment has fallen across the board except for under 18s, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.

The data, released today (18 March), shows for the quarter November to January 2015 there were 1.86 million out of work and 30.94m in work, 143,000 more than for August to October 2014 and 617,000 more than for a year earlier.

Unemployment fell by 13,000 from 600,000 to 587,000 for 18-24 year olds between the quarters August to October 2014 and November to January 2015, while the number of out of work 35-49 year olds also fell from 465,000 to 432,000 in the period.

Among those aged between 50 and 64, 282,000 were unemployed in the quarter, compared with 310,000 for the quarter August to October 2014.

However, 2,000 more 16-17 year olds were unemployed in the period, increasing from 154,000 in the quarter August to October 2014 to 156,000 in November to January 2015.

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