UK Unemployment Falls to Lowest since 2008

UK unemployment has fallen to its lowest rate since July 2008, official figures have shown.

The number of jobless people dropped by 76,000 to 1.84 million in the three months to February, the Office for National Statistics said on Friday.

That means the unemployment rate has fallen to 5.6%, in line with forecasts.

Average weekly earnings in the three months to February, excluding bonuses, rose by 1.8% compared with the same period a year earlier.

Growth was slightly lower than the rate in January. When bonuses are included, weekly earnings rose by 1.7%.

The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in March fell by 20,700 to 772,400, the ONS said.
Martin Beck, senior economic advisor to the EY ITEM Club, said: “The story of the UK labour market has long been a ‘jobs-rich’ but ‘pay-poor’ one. The latest numbers are no exception with good news for those looking for work, but less so for those already in employment.”

Samuel Tombs, senior UK economist at Capital Economics, said the UK’s “employment miracle shows no signs of drawing to a close” and expected the jobless rate to continue falling further in the coming months.

via BBC

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Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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