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UK unemployment total increases
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The number of unemployed rose while average earnings picked up
The number of unemployed people in the UK increased by 6,000 between July and September to 1.67 million, official figures have shown.

But the number of people claiming unemployment benefit fell by 9,900 in October to 824,800, the Office for National Statistics said.

The fall in the claimant count was more than forecast by analysts.

Average earnings rose 4.1% in the three months to September compared with a year ago, the fastest pace since March.

The rise in average earnings, including bonuses, was above economists' expectations of a 4% rise.

The figures are likely to add weight to views among economy watchers that the Bank of England will be in no hurry to cut interest rates from the current level of 5.75%.

While growth is expected to slow next year, recent figures have shown a pick up in inflation.

Consumer price inflation rose above the government's 2% target in October to 2.1%, data released on Tuesday showed.

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