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Jan 20: First fall in jobless in 18 months

The number of people unemployed in the UK fell by 7,000 to 2.46m in the three months to November, the first quarterly fall for 18 months, underlining the extent to which the labour market has stabilised. Brian Groom, UK employment and business editor, explains to Daniel Garrahan why the data will give a mixed message to the Bank of England