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UK jobless falls to 2.49 million

UK jobless falls to 2.49 million

The number of unemployed in the UK fell by 18,000 in the June-August period to 2.49 million, official figures show.

The unemployment rate remains unchanged at 7.7% from the previous three months.

The figures, from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), also show the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance last month fell by 41,700 to 1.35 million.

The ONS also reports that average earnings rose by 0.7% in the year to August, 0.5% down on July.

The number of people in work, both full-time and part-time, reached a record high of 29.87 million in the quarter, up 155,000.

The ONS looks at demand for full-time work and whether part-time workers would rather work longer hours.

Its figures showed that almost 1.5 million people were part-time because they could not find full-time jobs, the highest figure since records began in 1992.

Job vacancies also rose by 6,600 in the period to 541,000, the highest for five years.

BBC article

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