United Kingdom unemployment rises for first time in two years, says ONS

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"This is the sharpest increase in the unemployment level the ONS has seen in nearly five years", Matt Hughes, a senior statistician from the ONS. told media.

Elsewhere, the statistics agency found an uptick in wages, which could conversely harden the resolve of some rate-setters at the Bank of England to raise interest rates again, possibly as soon as May.

Although the UK's quarterly rise was the biggest since early 2013, national unemployment is 123,000 lower than a year ago, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Unemployment has increased by the biggest amount in nearly five years, while earnings continue to grow more slowly than prices, new figures reveal.

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The UK's unemployment level has unexpectedly risen by the biggest amount in nearly five years, official figures show.

"Latest estimates from the Labour Force Survey show that following a period of a continuous decline, the number of unemployed people increased by 46,000 to 1.47 million", the ONS says in a statement.

Unemployment has risen in the East of England. The number of persons registered as jobless with the Labor and Welfare administration witnessed a fall of 4,000 persons in December from September average of August - October.

Nationwide, the number of people classed as economically inactive, including students, those on long-term sick leave, taken early retirement or who have given up looking for work, fell by 109,000 to 8.7 million, giving a rate of 21%.

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Still, wage increases are lagging price rises, meaning household incomes remain stretched as the country enters a crucial stage in Brexit discussions.

Average earnings increased by 2.5% in the year to December, unchanged from the previous month. The number of Eastern European workers fell.

The independent Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) said it meant borrowing for the fiscal year to the end of March would come in lower than it had previously forecast "by a significant margin".

At the same time while earnings have continued to grow more slowly than prices, new figures reveal.

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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".

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