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Unemployment fell by 14,000 in final quarter of 2012

Unemployment fell by 14,000 between October and December to 2.5 million, official figures showed today.

Unemployment figures Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance last month fell by 12,500 to 1.54 million, said the Office for National Statistics.

Average earnings increased by 1.4% in the year to December, 0.1% down on the previous month.

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Council responds to job losses

Southampton City Council will do everything it can to support British Gas staff at this very difficult time.

Helping our residents into employment is a top priority for the city, and we are already pulling together a taskforce of council officers with employment and skills expertise and partners including JobCentre Plus and other agencies to respond to today’s news.”

– Cllr Royston Smith, Leader of Southampton City Council
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