The number of people in work has reached a record high of 32.7 million, according to the Office of National Statistics.

Employment jumped from 179,000 in the three months to February, to 32.7 million, the highest total since records started in 1971.

Over the past year, the figure has been increased by 457,000, all among full-time employees and the self-employed.

The number of people in part-time jobs fell by 15,000, said the Office for National Statistics.

Unemployment fell by 27,000 to 1.34 million, continuing a general trend which started in early 2012.
The UK's unemployment rate of 3.9% is now lower than any time since the end of 1975.

Average earnings increased by 3.5% in the year to February

Average earnings increased by 3.5% in the year to February, no change on the previous month, but still outpacing inflation.

When adjusted for inflation, pay, including bonuses, increased by 1.6% on the year, the highest figure since the summer of 2016.

The number of economically inactive people fell by 114,000 in the latest quarter to 8.53 million, a rate of just under 21%, the joint lowest on record.

The number of vacancies is unchanged at 852,000.

The number of economically inactive people fell by 114,000

ONS deputy head of labor market statistics Matt Hughes said, "The jobs market remains robust, with the number of people continuing to grow.

"The increase over the past year is coming from full-timers, both employees and the self-employed.
"Earnings have now come to an end of inflation for a year, but in real terms, they have not yet returned to their pre-downturn peak."

Total pay, including bonuses, now averages £ 494 a week, compared with £ 525 in February 2008, the year of the economic crash.

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