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Jobless total falls by 115,000 in the latest quarter

The number of people unemployed in the UK fell by over 100,000 between July and September, new figures have shown.

A record number of people are currently in work after the jobless total fell by 115,000 to 1.96 million - the lowest figure since the start of the year.

Employment increased by 112,000 in the latest quarter to 30.7 million, the highest since records began in 1971, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported.

Figures show that the number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance was 931,700 in October, which marks a decrease of 20,400 since September and the 24th consecutive monthly cut.

The number of non-UK nationals working in this country increased by 230,000 over the past year to 2.9 million, while the figure for UK nationals went up by 445,000 to almost 28 million.

Pay, including bonuses, was 1 per cent higher than a year ago and excluding bonuses went up by 1.3 per cent, the first time the figure was above CPI inflation for five years.

Around 14.7 per cent of workers, or 4.5 million, are self-employed, down by 88,000 on the quarter but up by 279,000 on a year ago, while the number of part-time workers wanting a full-time job remained at around 1.3 million.

There were just over nine million people classed as economically inactive, including students, long-term sick or those who have given up looking for work, 38,000 more than between April and June.


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