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Unemployment in November 2011 to January 2012 was 2.67 million, up 28,000 on the previous three months. Employment was 29.12 million (up 9,000) and inactivity 9.30 million (down 27,000).
Comparing the end of 2011 with the end of 2010 total employment was down 44,000 made up of a 270,000 fall in public sector employment and a 226,000 rise in private sector employment.
The total public sector employment fell by 4.3% over the same period with local government down most at 7.1%, central government was down 1.2%.
The South West of the UK had the largest fall in public sector employment, down 36,000 and Northern Ireland the least, down 5,000.
Northern Ireland is the area with the largest percentage of employment in the public sector, 27.9% in 2011 Q4 with the East of England the least at 17%
Source: Office for National Statistics
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