The number of people unemployed in the UK has fallen unexpectedly for the first time in 18 months.
Total unemployment stood at 2.46 million for the three months to November, down 7,000 on the figure for the previous three months.
It brings to an end the rise in joblessness that began in the summer of 2008 before the UK fell into recession.
The rate of unemployment now stands at 7.8%, down from the 7.9% reported last month.
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