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Regular wages growth falls to record low of 0.7%

Fears of a "cost of living crisis" have been reignited after regular wages growth fell to a record low of 0.7%.

Fears of a "cost of living crisis" have been reignited.
Fears of a "cost of living crisis" have been reignited. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Read more: Unemployment falls by 121,000 to 2.12 million

Overall pay - including bonuses - climbed by just 0.3% compared with the three months to May in 2013, which is the lowest increase since the financial crisis in 2009. The figure is skewed by higher bonus payments in April 2013 that took advantage of tax rate changes.

However, the increase of regular pay - excluding bonuses - was at 0.9% in the three months to April before sinking to an all-time low of 0.7% growth since records began in 2001.

Len McCluskey, general secretary of the Unite union, said: "With wage growth at its lowest rate since 2001, while inflation continues to vastly outstrip wage rates, ordinary people are working harder and getting poorer."

Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics showed that unemployment had dropped by 121,000 to 2.12 million.

Read: What happened to the 'year of the pay-rise'?

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Union says some cities left behind recovery

Hull, Bradford and Rotherham have missed out on the recovery seen in some cities through recent unemployment figures, according to the GMB union.

GMB say wages are lower than 2007
GMB say wages are lower than 2007 Credit: Press Association

They claim that gross domestic product (GDP) levels are 5.7 percent below those of 2007 and that average earnings are down 13.8 percent in the same period.

Read: Unemployment figures for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

The GMB says Hull's employment rate is 11.6 per cent below the national average, while Bradford's is 7.4 per cent lower and Rotherham's is 6.6 per cent lower.

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Cameron: Full employment key aim of economic plan

David Cameron has welcomed today's figures which shows there has been a fall in unemployment.

The Prime Minister tweeted that the figures "show more people have the security of a job than ever before".

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Today's figures show more people have the security of a job than ever before. Full employment is a key aim of our #LongTermEconomicPlan.

Read more: Unemployment falls by 121,000 to 2.12 million

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Unemployment falls by 121,000 to 2.12 million

Unemployment fell by 121,000 to 2.12 million between March and May, official figures showed.

Unemployment fell between March and May.
Unemployment fell between March and May. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

The number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance last month fell by 36,300 to 1.04 million, said the Office for National Statistics.

Average earnings increased by 0.3% in the year to May, 0.5% down on the previous month.

Read more: Unemployment falls by 121,000 to 2.12 million

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Employment figures show record number in work

The Government received good news on the jobs front today with the latest unemployment figures showing a record number of people in work.

Men outside a Job Centre Plus branch
Men outside a Job Centre Plus branch. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Read: McVey says employment rise reward for country's resilience in downturn

Over 30 million people are now in work, which is an increase of almost a million in the past year - the best figures since records began in 1971.

There is an employment rate of 73.1%, with just over 78% of men and 68% of women in work.

More than 4.5 million people are self-employed, which is the highest since records began in 1992 after an increase of 404,000 over the past year, Office for National Statistics showed.

Read more: Unemployment falls by 121,000 to 2.12 million

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Quarter of people want to visit Yorkshire after Tour de France

The success of the Tour de France in Yorkshire is expected to create a tourism boom in the region.

The Tour de France passes through Haworth in Yorkshire Credit: Martin Rickett/PA

A survey has shown a quarter of the country now want to visit Yorkshire. One third of people changed their opinion of the county after watching the biggest Grand Départ in history.

Protest over East Yorkshire's wind turbines

Campaigners have taken to the streets of Beverley today to protest about the numbers of wind turnbines that they say blight East Yorkshire. Smaller groups joined forces for the mass march before delivering a list of demands to the offices of East Riding Council.

They say the area has more than done its bit for renewable power. Martin Fisher has the story.

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