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Record number of people in work in the UK

A record number of people are in work after another fall in unemployment and a further dip in the numbers claiming jobseeker's allowance. Almost 30 million adults were in a job in the quarter to last November, up by more than half a million on the previous year.

Average earnings increased by 1.5% in the year to November, 0.3% down on the previous month. Read the figures in full on the state of the UK's labour market here from the Office for National Statistics.

The figure, giving an employment rate of 71%, is the highest since records began in 1971 Credit: Press Association

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