Compared with the previous month, the number of unemployed persons declined by 1.1 percent to 1.78 million from 1.8 million and employment edged up 0.2 percent to 41.47 million from 41.38 million.
Compared with a year earlier, unemployment fell by 5.3 percent from 1.88 million people while employment rose 3.1 percent from 40.22 million people.
Youth unemployment rate was steady at 6.9 percent, the same as in the previous month and the lowest level in 24 years. A year earlier, unemployment among those aged under 25 years was higher at 7.2 percent.
Separate data from the Labour Office showed the number of jobless persons fell by 5 thousand in November and the unemployment rate was steady at 6 percent.