FXstreet.com (Barcelona) - Good figures for the UK employment market have been released today as, both the unemployment rate, as well as the claimant count have decreased and the number of vacancies has increased, according to data released by National Statistics.

The unemployment rate has declined to 5.2% in the last quarter of 2007, as the number of jobless workers decreased by 61,000 over the quarter. The number of people in employment has increased by 175,000 on the quarter.

The claimant count decreased by 10,800 in January from the previous month, while the number of vacancies has increased by 7,300.

The average earnings including bonuses have decreased 0.2% to 3.8%, while average earnings including bonuses leaped up 0.1% to 3.7%