Average earnings increase by 2.1%

Average earnings increased by 2.1% in the year to June, 0.3% up on the previous month.

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Unemployment remains at 7.8%

Unemployment remained at 7.8% between April and June, official figures showed, despite the number of jobless falling by 4,000 to 2.51m. The number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance last month also fell by 29,200 to 1.4m.