The UK unemployment rate has dropped to 7.1%, close to the point at which the Bank of England has said it will consider raising interest rates.
The number of people out of work fell by 167,000 to 2.32 million in the three months to November, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.
The ONS also said the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance fell by 24,000 to 1.25 million in December.
The issue dominated Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons.
Labour party leader Ed Miliband said: “We welcome the fall in unemployment because whenever an individual gets back into work, it’s good for them and good for their family.”
But he argued that average wages were £1,600 a year lower than they were in the general election year of 2010, meaning that many families were worse off.
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