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    Interest rate speculation after jobless fall

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    By: Joe Pickover
    Unemployment has fallen to within a whisker of the Bank of England's threshold for considering raising interest rates - prompting speculation that they could go up as early as this year.Official figures showed the jobless rate had dropped more sharply than expected to 7.1% in the quarter to November, as the number of those out of work fell to a near five-year low of 2.32 million.