Rise in the number of women out of work

  • Unemployment fell by 37,000 in the latest quarter to just under 2.5 million, the lowest since spring 2011
  • It was the 10th consecutive fall and was coupled with another cut in the number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance
  • Figures show a 26,000 increase in the number of women out of work for up to six months, to reach 571,000, which may reflect changes to the benefits system


Record numbers in work

Official figures reveal unemployment fell by 37,000 between September and November to 2.49 million.