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A record number of women in full-time work has pushed the UK's employment rate to a new high of 76.3%, the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show. In the three months to November, 126,000 more women worked full-time compared with the previous quarter. The increase is in part because of the change in women's retirement age. The strong data may reduce the likelihood that the Bank of England will cut interest rates next week. A record 32.9 million people are in employment in the UK, a rise of 0.5% for the three months to November. "The employment rate is at a new record high, with over two-thirds of the growth in people in work in the last year coming from women working ... Full story

21 January