ILO unemployment in the U.K. came in at 7.8% in the three months ending December, in line with November's reading and forecasts. Claimant count rate for January came similar to both prior and estimates at 5.0%. Jobless claims change increased to 23.5 thousands in January compared with the previous -15.2 thousands revised to -9.6 thousands and estimates of -10.0 thousands.
Moreover, weekly earnings excluding bonus matched the revised of 1.2% from 1.1% previous and expected. Weekly earnings including bonus also came analogous to the revised 0.8% from 0.7%, lower than projections of 0.9%.