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Unemployment falls by 132,000 between April and June

Unemployment fell by 132,000 between April and June to 2.08 million, official figures showed today.

The Bank of England today also upgraded its growth forecast for the UK this year from 3.4% to 3.5% and for next year from 2.9% to 3%.

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Labour: Fall in average earnings is 'extremely worrying'

Figures showing a fall in average earnings is "extremely worrying", Labour said as it criticised the government as "out of touch".

The number of people out of work fell by 132,000 between April and June, but salaries decreased by 0.2% in the year to June.

While today's fall in overall unemployment is welcome, it's extremely worrying that the figures have shown pay falling far behind inflation, and the change in regular pay being the lowest ever on record.

Millions of working people face a cost-of-living crisis which has left them over £1,600 worse off since 2010.

For Iain Duncan Smith to claim that people are 'better off' in the face of these figures shows just how out of touch this Government is.

– Shadow employment minister Stephen Timms

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