The headline unemployment rate fell 0.1 per cent on the quarter to 8.1%, with the number of people out of work down 7,000 to 2.59 million in the three months to July.
Other key figures in today’s data include:
• The employment rate for those aged from 16 to 64 was 71.2 per cent, up 0.5 on the quarter. There were 29.56 million people in employment aged 16 and over, up 236,000 on the quarter;
• The inactivity rate for those aged from 16 to 64 was 22.4 per cent, down 0.5 on the quarter. There were 9.01 million economically inactive people aged from 16 to 64, down 181,000 on the quarter;
• Total pay (including bonuses) rose by 1.5 per cent on a year earlier, down 0.3 on the three months to June 2012. Regular pay (excluding bonuses) rose by 1.9 per cent on a year earlier, up 0.1 on the three months to June.
Left Foot Forward will have more detailed analysis of the latest labour market statistics later today.