More Hull and East Yorkshire people in work as UK unemployment rate falls to its lowest since 1975

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 13 Jul 2017

Unemployment in Yorkshire and the Humber has fallen by 9,000 in the three months to May, according to latest figures.

Data from the The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has shown that between February and May, the number of people without a job across the region fell to 130,000.

This represented a drop in unemployment of 4.8 per cent and national figures are also encouraging.

Overall across the country, unemployment fell by 64,000 to 1.49 million in the three months to May - the lowest level since 2005.

In the same period, the employment rate rose by 0.3 per cent in the quarter to a record high of 74.9 per cent.

According to the figures, there are currently 32 million people in work - a rise of 324,000 compared with last year and the largest total since records began in 1971.

Matt Hughes, ONS senior statistician, said: "The general picture is little changed on last month, with the overall employment rate and that for women both at record highs, the inactivity rate at a joint record low and the unemployment rate falling to its lowest since early summer 1975.

However, the pay squeeze on British households has intensified with wage growth falling further behind inflation.

The ONS said average earnings grew by 1.8 per cent in the year to May, down by 0.3 per cent on the previous month.

At the same time, inflation marched to its highest level in nearly four years at 2.9 per cent in May.

Mr Hughes said: "Despite the strong jobs picture, however, there has been another real-terms fall in total earnings, with the growth in weekly wages low and inflation still rising."

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