Analysis: The unemployment rate hit a four-year high in the autumn and there is a risk it could go higher
These are fast-moving times. The latest official unemployment figures tell us what was happening to the UK labour market in the autumn and they already have a historical feel about them. Since the jobless rate hit a four-year high of 5%, restrictions on the economy have been loosened and then reimposed even more stringently. A mass vaccination programme has got under way.
Even so, there are four key messages from the unemployment statistics.