Government job cuts pushed UK unemployment up to 7.9 per cent over the three months to October, according to the Office for National Statistics.
The number of people employed in the public sector fell 33,000, the total number of net jobs lost in the period as a whole. The number of people employed in the private sector remained static.
Overall, unemployment rose by 0.1 percentage points.
Wage inflation was 2.2 per cent over the quarter on an annualised basis, up from 2.1 per cent over the three months to September.
Although the unemployment increase is low, the numbers may fuel concerns the government is cutting spending too quickly as it enacts its deficit reduction package.