British official jobless rate holds at 7.7 percent

17th November 2010, Comments 0 comments

Britain's unemployment rate held at 7.7 percent in the three months to the end of September, compared with the three months to August, official data showed on Wednesday.

The number of unemployed people fell by 9,000 in the three months to the end of September to reach 2.4 million, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said in a statement.

The ONS added that the so-called claimant count of people registered for unemployment benefits sank by 3,700 last month to reach 1.47 million. That was the first monthly drop since July.

© 2010 AFP

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