6.9 percent of the labour force are unemployed in the period – that compares to 7.9 percent for the same period last year.
There are now 30.39 million in jobs – that’s 691,000 up from the same period last year, the ONS said.
But there are 8.85 million people between the ages of 16 to 64 that, in the ONS’ jargon, are economically inactive. But that’s down by 104,000 people compared to the previous year.
Pay has also risen by 1.7 percent compared to the same period last time round.