UK unemployment falls to 1.9 million

The number of people out of work in the UK fell by 58,000 to 1.91 million, the lowest level for more than six years, in the three months to November, official figures indicate.

The unemployment rate now stands at 5.8% of the adult working population, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

In total, there are now 30.8 million people in work.

The ONS has said that wage growth had also continued to outpace inflation.

In the September to November period, average earnings excluding bonuses were up 1.8% from a year earlier. Including bonuses, earnings rose by 1.7%.

It is the second consecutive month that both measures of earnings growth have been above the rate of inflation.

Inflation, as measured by the consumer price index, stood at 1% in November and then fell to 0.5% in December as global oil prices tumbled further.