According to the latest information published by the ONS, employment rose by 80,000 and unemployment fell by 24,000 in the three months to July.
The employment rate for those aged from 16 to 64 (for May to July 2013) was 71.6%, an increase of 0.2%. There were 29.84 million people in employment aged 16 and over.
The unemployment rate for May to July 2013 was 7.7% of the economically active population a reduction in 0.1%. There were 2.49 million unemployed people.
Between May to July 2012 and May to July 2013 total pay rose by 1.1% and regular pay rose by 1.0%.
Stephen Gifford, CBI Director of Economics, said:
‘These figures show the upturn in economic data we’ve seen through the spring and summer is starting to show up in job creation. Encouragingly, jobs growth in the private sector was more than three times greater than losses in the public sector.’
‘Despite better news on the direction of travel, youth unemployment is persistently high and growth alone will not address this problem.’
‘We’ve called on the Government to reduce employers’ National Insurance to help tackle this, and the launch of the Million Jobs campaign further emphasises the need for action to help young people enter a tough jobs market.’