UNEMPLOYMENT fell to its lowest level for more than a decade — but the number of people in work has also fallen, official figures revealed yesterday.
In Britain the number of people without jobs was 1.6 million in the quarter to November, down by 52,000 on the previous three months to its lowest since early 2006, Office for National Statistics data showed.
The numbers in work fell by 9,000 to 31.8 million, the lowest since last autumn.
And those classed as economically inactive has increased by 85,000 to almost 8.9 million, the biggest quarterly rise since 2014.
The figure includes students, people looking after family, on long-term sick leave or who have given up looking for a job.
Shadow work and pensions secretary Debbie Abrahams said: “While we welcome today’s fall in unemployment, it’s concerning that jobs in this country are increasingly low paid and insecure.
“With unprecedented levels of in-work poverty showing the true impact of six wasted years of austerity, the last thing the Tories should be doing is cutting in-work support for lowpaid workers.”