In the three months to November, the number of people out of work in the UK fell by 58,000 to 1.91m - its lowest level for more than six years.
The unemployment rate now stands at 5.8 per cent of the adult working population, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.
Here in North Norfolk, unemployment has continued to fall, with the out-of-work claimant count standing at 570 in December, down from 1,382 when Labour left office in 2010. The youth claimant count has also fallen from 405 in May 2010 to 180 in December.
North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb said:
“Today’s larger than expected fall in unemployment shows that our recovery remains on track here in North Norfolk.
“Because the Liberal Democrats are in government, the country has a recovery plan that has job creation at its heart - only we can keep the recovery on track. Earnings are continuing to outstrip inflation, and the benefits of the recovery are starting to flow into people’s wage packets.
“But we shouldn’t be complacent: Britain’s recovery is threatened by weak economies in Europe and slowing growth in key emerging markets. It is more important than ever that we remain focused on our plan to rebuild our economy fairly.”
Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable said:
“Today we’ve had another set of encouraging employment figures, which show that the strong performance of the labour market has been broadly spread.
“This has led to an almost record share of the UK working age population being in work. Equally important is that we are now seeing above inflation wage increases for workers’ pay.
“However, there is no doubt that more needs to be done. Youth unemployment remains too high. That is why we will continue to encourage firms to invest in the UK and equip British workers with the skills they need to compete in the jobs market.”