Jobseekers claims drop by 3,000

The number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance last month fell by 3,000 to 1.58 million, said the Office for National Statistics.

While average earnings of those in work increased by 1.8% in the year to September, unchanged on the previous month.

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Unemployment falls by 82,000

Unemployment fell by 82,000 between August and October to 2.51 million, official figures showed today.