Public sector employment lowest for over a decade

Other figures from the ONS reveal that public sector employment fell for the 13th consecutive quarter, by 20,000 to 5.7 million, the lowest for over a decade.

Change in Public Sector Employment by Region, Q4 2011 - Q4 2012
Change in Public Sector Employment by Region, Q4 2011 - Q4 2012 Credit: ONS

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Unemployment rises by 7,000

Unemployment increased by 7,000 between November and January to 2.52 million, official figures have revealed. But the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance last month fell by 1,500 to 1.54 million.