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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Armed police have taken part in a dramatic training exercise aimed at recreating the chaos of a Paris-style terror attack.
After a remarkably mild November - a notable mild start to the new month.
The Facebook founder revealed the plan as he and wife Priscilla Chan announced the birth of their baby daughter, Max.