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Number of people out of work falls by 161,000 to 2.16m

The number of people out of work fell by 161,000 between February and April to 2.16 million, official figures by the ONS showed today.

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Average earnings slows despite record employment

The average earnings for employees has increased by 0.7% in the year to April, meaning the growth of workers pay has slowed 1.7% in the previous month, the Office for National Statistics have said.

This slowdown in total pay was largely accounted for by bonuses, which fell sharply in recent months as tax changes were introduced.

Workers earnings have slowed down by 1.7%. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA

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