United Kingdom unemployment falls to 43-year low but pay growth slows

The unemployment rate for the United Kingdom as a whole fell to 4%, the lowest for more than 40 years, while the employment rate hit 75.6%.

He added: "The growth in employment is still being driven by United Kingdom nationals, with a noticeable drop over the past year in the number of workers from the so-called "A8" eastern European countries in particular".

Meanwhile, there were 2.28million European Union citizens working in the United Kingdom in the quarter to June - 86,000 fewer than a year earlier and the largest annual decrease since records began in 1997.

The unemployment rate fell to 4.0 percent in the April through June period, the lowest since the three months to February 1975 and beating economists' forecasts for it to hold steady at a previous low of 4.2 percent.

There were 780,000 people on zero-hours contracts in their main job, 104,000 fewer than a year earlier.

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Mr McIntyre highlighted that Scotland "outperforms the United Kingdom by some margin" on the youth unemployment front, with a current rate of 9.3% north of the border compared with 11.3% for the United Kingdom as a whole.

It also said the number of people aged from 16 to 64 years who were not working, or looking for work, or available to work - what is known as "economically inactive" - increased by 77,000 from the first quarter of the year.

Senior ONS statistician Matt Hughes said: "The number of people in work has continued to edge ahead, though the employment rate was unchanged on the quarter".

"The growth in employment is still being driven by United Kingdom nationals, with a noticeable drop over the past year in the number of workers from the so-called A8 eastern European countries in particular".

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