Average earnings increased by 1.8% in the year to August, 0.1% up on the previous month.
The number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance last month increased by 10,100 to 1.58 million, said the Office for National Statistics.
Unemployment fell by 49,000 between July and September to 2.51 million, official figures showed.
A new report warns that long-term unemployment remains "worryingly high" despite recent increases in jobs.
The IPPR think-tank said the UK could learn lessons from Sweden's response to tackling unemployment after a recession by investing more in education and jobs programmes.
The number of people out of work for more than a year increased by 13,000 to almost 900,000 in the quarter to August, with new unemployment figures expected later today.
There are some big lessons for the UK to learn from Sweden's deficit reduction programme in the second half of the 1990s.
Sweden was hit by a major financial crisis in the early 1990s, which pushed the deficit up to 10% of GDP, the highest in the OECD, while unemployment tripled. But between 1994 and 1998 the Social Democratic government turned a large deficit into a surplus while investing heavily in programmes to tackle unemployment.
– Kayte Lawton, senior research fellow at the IPPR
Key to the government's strategy was the drive to raise the employability of the long-term unemployed through innovative employment and training programmes. The Social Democrats prioritised investment in education, training and job subsidies over spending on benefits.
These policies improved the skills base of Swedish workers with an eye to the long-term and gave unemployed people a chance to gain real, paid experience and a recent reference. The UK can learn a lot from the Swedish experience.
As the Office for Nation Statistics gets ready to release the latest unemployment figures, take a look at previous figures throughout this year:
- In March figures showed that the number of people unemployed hit a 17-year high, rising by 28,000 to 2.67 million between November and January
- In April figures revealed that unemployment fell by 35,000 between December and February to 2.65 million
- In May official figures showed a drop in unemployment between January and March to 2.63 million
- In June figures showed that unemployment fell by 51,000 between February and April to 2.61 million
- In August figures revealed that in June jobless figures had reached the lowest levels for a year