UK jobless rate down to 4.4%1 min read

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Unemployment in the UK fell by 57,000 in the three months to June, official figures show, bringing the jobless rate down from 4.5% to 4.4% – its lowest since 1975.

Average weekly earnings increased by 2.1% compared with a year earlier.

But with the rate of inflation running at 2.6%, real earnings fell by 0.5%.

The number of people employed on zero hours contracts as their main job fell 20,000 compared to a year earlier.

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