Unemployment falls, earnings increase

The
latest UK unemployment figures show a small fall in the number of jobless.

Using
the measure of unemployment the Government prefers, the number out of work fell
by 5,000 to 1,515,000 in the three months ending November last year.

The
traditional measure of unemployment – counting those who are out of work and
claiming benefits – fell by 5,800 to 928,300.

Figures
from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) also show that average earnings
increased by 3.8 per cent in the year to November, up by 0.1 per cent from the
previous month.

By Quentin Reade

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