Local government employees are bearing the brunt of job losses in the public sector, according to the latest official figures.
A total of 18,000 council jobs were lost between the second and third quarters of this year, representing 45% of public sector jobs lost, data from the Office of National Statistics has shown.
In the private sector, employment remained unchanged since the last quarter.
Compared to the previous year, figures for the last quarter showed that 41,000 local government jobs were shed, a 1.4% reduction.
The biggest reductions in public sector employment were in the south-west, south-east, north-west and north-east, while London and the east Midlands showed a slight increase of 0.5%.