The unemployment rate in the United Kingdom was 8.6 per cent in October, according to official data, but that was well below the 7.3 per cent figure which was recorded in the same month last year.
While the official figures are still far below the European Union average of 12 per cent, the UK unemployment rate remains well above that of most EU countries.
The UK economy grew by 1.6 million jobs in the first quarter of this year, according a survey by Markit.
The jobs created in this period were the highest since April 2014.
In contrast, France saw a contraction of 3.5 per cent from October to October, while Spain’s unemployment rate fell by 6.1 per cent to 15.4 per cent.
The EU’s unemployment statistics also show that France’s jobless rate has been rising for two years, while the UK’s has been falling.
However, the United States’ unemployment rate is well above the European average, which stands at 5.2 per cent while France’s is around 5.4%.
The UK unemployment figure of 6.3 percent is also well above those of other major economies, including Germany, which is at 5 per cent and Spain, which has an unemployment rate of 6 per cent according to Eurostat.
The jobless figures were released in the context of a number of negative economic developments around the world, including the financial crisis and the Brexit vote.
In response to the Brexit decision, some in the UK have started to make the claim that there are still jobs available in the country, a claim which has been refuted by the Office for National Statistics.
According to Markit, the average UK unemployment number is now 11.2, with a rise of 4,000 to 13,300 people since the beginning of the year.
The figure for Spain stands at 13.3, with an increase of 4.2 to 14,400 people.
The unemployment rate for young people in the U.K. has fallen to 9.4% from 11.5% in the year to October.
The number of unemployed in the EU has also fallen to 4.9% from 5.9%.