UK ILO unemployment for the three months ended January lingered at 8.4% in line with both prior and forecasted readings. Average weekly earnings for the same period slipped to 1.4% from a prior of 1.4%, which was revised up to 1.9%, below median estimates of 1.9%, while weekly earnings excluding bonus fell to 1.7%, lower than forecasts of 1.9%, from a previous of 2.0%.

Jobless claims for the month of February recorded a rise of 7.2 thousands compared with the prior 6.9 thousands, which was revised to 7.0 thousands, and estimates of 5.0 thousands fall. Claimant count rate remained unchanged at 5.0%, similar to analyst's projections.