Unemployment falls by 82,000

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

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Unemployment figures in detail

The number of those classed as economically inactive, including those looking after a family, on long-term sick leave or who have given up trying to find a job, increased by 60,000 to 9.07 million.

The number of unemployed women fell by 21,000 to 1.08 million compared with a fall of 61,000 among men.

A total of 449,000 people have been out of work for more than two years, up by 6,000, while 904,000 have been jobless for more than a year, unchanged from the previous quarter.

Private sector employment rose by 65,000 in the latest quarter to 23.8 million, the highest on record.

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