Unemployment rate drops to 6.9%

The unemployment rate was 6.9%, down from 7.1% for September to November 2013 and from 7.9% for a year earlier.

(File photo) A Job Centre Plus branch Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

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Wage rises beat inflation for first time in six years

Average earnings increased by 1.7% in the year to February, above the CPI inflation rate for the first time in six years.