Wages fall 0.2% as unemployment keeps falling

The UK unemployment rate is now 6.4%, down from 7.8% a year earlier.

by Elizabeth Anderson

Between April and June, the number of people out of work fell to 2.08 million, down 132,000 from the previous quarter and 437,000 lower than a year ago.

The unemployment rate is now 6.4%, the lowest since late 2008 when the recession began to take hold, and down from 7.8% a year ago.

However, workers have yet to feel the impact of the recovery. Pay including bonuses fell 0.2% over the year. At the same time, inflation has risen to 1.9%, pushed up by higher spending on clothing and footwear, food and non-alcoholic drinks.

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