UK unemployment rate drops to 5.1%

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The UK unemployment rate fell to 5.1 per cent between November and January, down from 5.7 per cent a year earlier, new analysis from the Office for National Statistics show.

Figures for the three months to January show the total number of people registered as unemployed dropped 28,000 compared to the previous quarter to 1.68 million.

There were 31.42 million people in work for the same period, 116,000 more than for August to October 2015.

The employment rate was measured at 74.1 per cent, the joint highest figure since current records began in 1971.