United Kingdom unemployment edges up to 4.4%

United Kingdom unemployment edges up to 4.4%

The UK unemployment rate rose unexpectedly in the three months to December, registering the first increase in nearly two years.

Average weekly earnings excluding bonuses rose 2.5 percent from a year earlier, the most since December 2016, the Office for National Statistics said on Wednesday.

"Earnings continue to grow more slowly than prices".

The unemployment rate in Wales is now 5% - up 0.9% on the previous quarter and higher than the average United Kingdom rate, according to latest figures.

Average wages were up by 2.5 per cent over the three months, unchanged from the previous rate of growth, and still below the inflation rate, meaning real wages are still falling.

The number of non-UK nationals from European Union countries working in this country increased by 101,000 to 2.35 million, the smallest rise since 2013.

German SPD leader resigns amid infighting
Party leaders reached a deal last week to renew a "grand coalition", four months after Germany's federal election last September. Schulz said an extraordinary party congress would be held in the western city of Wiesbaden on 22 April to pick a new leader.

ONS statistician Matt Hughes said: "While this is the sharpest increase in the unemployment level ONS has seen in nearly five years, the number of people in work has continued to rise and there are fewer economically inactive people".

"Rising employment this past year was largely driven by United Kingdom nationals".

John Hawksworth, chief economist at PwC, said the unexpected rise "is not a sign of labour market weakness" because there was a "healthy rise in total employment".

Output per hour - the main measure of productivity - rose 0.8 percent in the three months to December from the previous three months, slightly slower than the third quarter's 0.9 percent rise.

The claimant count fell by a seasonally adjusted 7,200 in January, compared to expectations for a gain of 2,300 people, following an increase of 6,200 a month earlier.

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