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The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance or claiming Universal Credit and required to seek work was 803,300 in October 2016, up slightly from September.

The unemployment rate was 4.8% in July-September 2016. The ILO measure of unemployment was 1.60 million people, 37,000 fewer than the previous quarter and 146,000 fewer than the year before.

The number of people in employment was 31.80 million in July-September 2016, up 49,000 from the previous quarter and 461,000 more than the year before. The employment rate was 74.5%, the joint highest since comparable records began in 1971. 

Average weekly total pay in Great Britain increased by 2.3% in the three months to September 2016 compared with the previous year. Regular pay (excluding bonuses) grew by 2.4%. CPI inflation averaged 0.7% over this period.

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