Markets  |  January 23, 2013 10:30:00

Labour market - the only bright spot in the British economy

Number of Britons claiming unemployment benefit fell in December to its lowest level since mid-2011. Decrease of 12,100 applicants significantly exceeded initial expectations of economists (decrease of 400 applications). Overall, the UK remains the 1,557,000 people on unemployment benefits. Britons out of work as measured by ILO (September to November) has decreased by 37,000 and the total of Britain has 2.49 million.

Private sector despite the unfavorable state of the economy was able to create new jobs, and the total number of employed persons increased to 29.68 million, the highest since 1971. Pushed the unemployment rate despite the expected stagnation fell by 0.1 percent to 7.7 percent. The labor market is becoming the driving force behind the UK economy, which has in recent days become accustomed to bad news.

The average salary from September to November rose by only 1.5 percent compared with the same month of 2011. This leaves the British under the pressure of inflation (2.7 percent), which was signed on the outcome of such retail sales slowed in December by 0.1 percent.

Key dates in the UK are waiting for us on Friday, and the first estimate of GDP for the fourth quarter of the 2012th

Currency pair GBP / USD after the good news from the labor market strengthens slightly. There was a puncture declining channel and goes back to the 1588 resistance. Sterling is still trading in a narrow band and waiting for his breakthrough before a more significant move.

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