Unemployment falls to 1.36 million

UK unemployment falls to 1.36 million
The unemployment rate was 4.0%, the lowest since December 1974 to February 1975
  • Unemployment falls to 1.36 million
  • 32.39 million people working
  • Employment rate 75.6%

UK unemployment has fallen to 1.36 million people, 124,000 fewer than a year earlier. The unemployment rate was 4.0%, the lowest level since December 1974 to February 1975.

The number of people in work was 32.39 million people, 42,000 more than for January to March 2018 and 313,000 more than for a year earlier, according to the latest ONS figures.

UK unemployment hits fresh low

Wages grow by 0.4%

The average weekly earnings for employees in Great Britain in real terms (adjusted for price inflation) increased by 0.4% excluding bonuses, and by 0.1% including bonuses, compared with a year earlier.

Zero-hour contracts

There were 780,000 people employed on zero-hours contracts in their main job, 104,000 fewer than for a year earlier.