U.K. ILO unemployment for the three months ended November rose to 8.4%, exceeding both prior and median forecasts of 8.3%. Average weekly earnings for the same period slipped to 1.9% from the prior 2.0%, which was revised to 2.1%, below estimates of 2.0%, while weekly earnings excluding bonus matched forecasts of 1.9% compared with the previous 1.8%.

Jobless claims for the month of December recorded a drop to 1.2 thousands compared with 3.0 thousands in November, which was revised down to 0.2 thousands, and estimates of 7.0 thousands. Claimant count rate remained unchanged at 5.0%, similar to analyst's projections.