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Labour Market Statistics

August 16 2017 - The unemployment rate stands at 4.4% - 0.5% down over the year. This is the lowest since 1975. 32.07 million people were in work in April to June 2017 according to the labour force survey (LFS). This was 125,000 more than the previous quarter and 338,000 higher than last year.

The working age employment rate is 75.1% - the highest since records began in 1971.

ILO-defined unemployment in April to June 2017 was 1.48 million (4.4%) - down by 57,000 on the previous quarter and down 157,000 on the same quarter last year.

The claimant count for key out-of-work benefits was 807,800 in July 2017.

Average wages, including bonuses, rose by 2.1% over the year.

Minister for Employment, Damian Hinds commented:

"These statistics show that record levels of people are in work across the country and earning a wage, which is great news.

"Over the past year the rise in employment has been overwhelmingly driven by permanent and full-time jobs, as employers continue to invest in Britain's strong economy.

"The task now is to build on this success through Jobcentre Plus and our employment programmes so that everybody can benefit from the opportunities being created."

"TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady focused on wages:

"Rising prices and stagnant pay are a toxic combination for working people. This is the fourth month in a row where wages have fallen behind the cost of living.

"Ministers are sitting on their hands as another living standards crisis unfolds. It's time to boost wages by scrapping the pay restrictions in the public sector, investing in infrastructure, and increasing the minimum wage."

"Far too many people are still being treated like disposable labour, stuck on contracts with little security or certainty.

"Today's figures show that zero-hours contracts won't disappear by themselves. It's time for the government to crack down on dodgy employment deals and ban these type of contracts."

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