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Surprise fall in UK jobless claims

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Surprise fall in UK jobless claims

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Britain’s dole queues shrank in February by the biggest amount since 1997.

The fall in unemployment benefit claimants surprised the financial markets and could give the Labour government a boost before the general election expected in early May.

But the Office for National Statistics also said the overall employment rate was at its lowest since late 1996, which suggests a difficult path to recovery for the UK.