UK unemployment falls by 52,000 to 1.6 million
Unemployment fell by 52,000 in the three months to November, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The UK employment rate rose slightly to 74.5%, while the unemployment rate has kept steady at 4.8%, its lowest level since September 2005.
There were 1.6 million unemployed people, 883,000 of who were men and 721,000 women. Average weekly earnings not adjusted for inflation increased by 2.7% compared with a year earlier.
The number of people in work was 31.80 million - up 194,000 on the year before, but down 9,000 from the three months to August.
ONS senior statistician David Freeman said: “While employment is little changed on the quarter, the rate remains at an historical high. The rate at which pay is increasing continues to pick up in cash terms, though it remains moderate.”
Employment Minister Damian Hinds said: “We start the new year with another encouraging set of figures. Employment continues to run at a near-record high, unemployment remains at an 11-year low and both figures are stronger than this time last year – highlighting the strength and resilience of our labour market as we step up to the challenges of 2017.
“We have made real progress creating a strong economy and helping more people into work, and will do what is needed to continue that trajectory as we build a country that works for everyone.”