LONDON (Reuters) – British employers added 184,000 staff to their payrolls in December, monthly tax data showed on Tuesday, taking total staff numbers to 1.4% above their level in February 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic.

The broader unemployment rate for the three months to the end of November fell to 4.1%, the Office for National Statistics said, below economists’ forecasts in a Reuters poll for it to hold at 4.2%.

(Reporting by David Milliken; Editing by William Schomberg)