UK jobless total falls to 1.63 million

UK jobless total falls to 1.63 million

  • 14 September 2016
  • From the section Business

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The number of people without jobs and looking for work fell by 39,000 to 1.63 million between May and July, official figures show.

The unemployment rate was 4.9%, down from 5.5% a year earlier but unchanged from last month’s report, the Office for National Statistics said.

Average weekly earnings increased by 2.3% including bonuses, down slightly from the previous report.

“These figures show continued labour market improvement,” the ONS said.

The ONS also pointed out that its headline labour force figures and earnings data are for May to July, so only cover one month since the result of the EU referendum.

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