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'Growth in public sector jobs is lowest since 1999':


Public sector employment posted its smallest rise for more than six years at the end of last year, according to official figures that provide fresh evidence the brakes are being applied to the government spending.

The number of workers in the civil service and central and local government increased by 62,000 in the fourth quarter of 2005 compared with same period in 2004. The total public job count stands at 5.88 million.

The figures showed the weakest annual rise since the second quarter of 1999 and almost a third of the 161,000 that the public sector added to its payrolls in the final quarter of 2003.

It means the annual pace of growth has declined from 1.6 per cent to 1.1 per cent over the course of the year. However, employment is still more than 10 per cent higher than five years ago when the massive investments into health and education began.

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