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The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance or claiming Universal Credit and required to seek work was 745,000 in January 2017, down 42,400 from December.

The unemployment rate was 4.8% in October-December 2016. The ILO measure of unemployment was 1.60 million people, slightly lower than the previous quarter and 97,000 fewer than the year before.

The number of people in employment was 31.84 million in October-December 2016, 37,000 more than the previous quarter and 302,000 more than the year before. The employment rate was 74.6%, the highest since comparable records began in 1971. 

Average weekly total pay in Great Britain increased by 2.6% in the three months to December 2016 compared with the previous year. Regular pay (excluding bonuses) also grew by 2.6%. CPI inflation averaged 1.2% over this period.

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