Regional unemployment fiugures between October and December were as follows:
- North East: 130,000 (minus 3,000) 10%
- North West: 277,000 (minus 6,000) 8.1%
- Yorkshire/Humber: 240,000 (minus 8,000) 8.6%
- East Midlands: 162,000 (minus 4,000) 6.9%
- West Midlands: 226,000 (minus 31,000) 8.3%
- East of England: 180,000 (minus 1,000) 5.7%
- London: 351,000 (minus 25,000) 8.1%
- South East: 233,000 (minus 37,000) 5.1%
- South West: 177,000 (plus 3,000) 6.5%
- Wales: 105,000 (minus 12,000) 7.1%
- Scotland: 195,000 (minus 3,000) 7.1%
- Northern Ireland: 64,000 (plus 1,000) 7.4%
Nick Palmer, senior labour market statistician at the Office for National Statistics, said:
The latest unemployment rate is 7.2%, down 0.4 on the previous quarter.
This is a comparison between the July-September and October-December three-month periods.
It is higher than last month's published figure of 7.1% for September-November.
However, it is not directly comparable with the figure published this month, as the Labour Force Survey is not designed to measure monthly changes.
The main conclusion that should be drawn from these latest figures is that the rate at which unemployment has been falling is likely to have slowed down.
It's good to see another fall in unemployment. Our #LongTermEconomicPlan means more people with the security of a wage & a chance in life.
Some 1.4 million people are in part-time jobs because they cannot find full-time work, a fall of 29,000 over the latest quarter but 46,000 higher than a year ago, the Office for National Statistics said.
Average earnings were up 1.1%, still behind the 1.9% consumer price index inflation measure announced yesterday.
Total average weekly earnings in Oct-Dec up 1.1% on same time last year http://t.co/1cJhAiAfSr
Now there's a surprise: unemployment edges up to 7.2%. Wages creep up 1.1% - still behind inflation at 1.9%
The total number of unemployed people fell by 125,000.
Unemployment fell by 125,000 between October and December to 2.34 million, official figures showed today.