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Brits work one billion hours a week

Recent Office of National Statistics figures show the UK has a record number of people in work clocking one billion hours each week.

This is the first time the UK has reached the billion hours mark, with 31 million people now employed – the highest number since current records began in 1971. 74% of those eligible for work are now in jobs.

Unemployment numbers have also fallen to 1.7 million, the lowest since before the banking collapse of 2008. The overall rate for the year is 5.2%, making it the lowest since the start of 2006.

Just in time for Christmas, the stats also reveal that average earnings across the country increased by 2.4% in the year to October.

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