The Office for National Statistics has reported that in the three months to September unemployment climbed by 27,000 to 1.71 million and people working in manufacturing is the lowest for 165 years.
The jobless rate rose to 5.6%, up from 5.5% in the previous quarter, with 961,300 people out of work and claiming Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) .
Average earnings grew by 3.9% in the year to September, down from 4.2% in the previous month.
141,000 people were made redundant in the last quarter, up by 3,000 from the previous three months.
The number of people working in manufacturing fell by 77,000 over the year to about three million - the lowest level since records began in 1841.
However, the rise in the UK population led to the number of people actually in work increasing by 56,000 over the quarter to 28.9 million.
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