UK unemployment total falls to 2.16m

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According to a BBC report, official figures show the number of people out of work in the UK fell by 161,000 to 2.16 million in three months to April.

This has brought the unemployment rate down to 6.6%, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

The number of people in work rose by a record 345,000, to 30.5 million, most of which are in full-time employment.

The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in June fell by 27,400 to 1.09 million, the ONS said.

But the quarterly rate of earnings growth, including bonuses, slowed sharply to 0.7% from 1.9% the previous month. This was largely due to delayed bonus payments, the ONS said.

The total number of people out of work is now at its lowest level for more than five years.

The continuing improvement in the jobs market in the three months to April was due mainly to jobs created in the private sector.

The number of jobs lost in the public sector was 100,000, but much of this this was down to the reclassification of employees of Lloyds bank from the public to the private sector. Taking out the Lloyds workers, 11,000 jobs were lost in the public sector.

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