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UK unemployment stable, as inflation slams wages: data

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LONDON: Britain’s unemployment rate remains close to 50-year lows, but wage values are falling at a record pace with inflation at the highest level in decades, official data showed Tuesday.

Unemployment stood at 3.8 percent in the three months to the end of June, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said in a statement.

This was unchanged compared with the three months to the end of May.

Darren Morgan, director of economic statistics at the ONS, said that although the latest data pointed to the number of job vacancies remaining “historically very high, it fell for the first time since the summer of 2020” when the UK briefly exited a Covid lockdown.

He added that excluding bonuses, real pay “is still dropping faster than at any time since comparable records began in 2001”.

It comes with UK inflation at a 40-year high of 9.4 percent on surging energy and food prices.

The Bank of England is forecasting inflation to peak at just over 13 percent in Britain this year, pushing its economy into recession.

The ONS publishes its latest inflation reading on Wednesday.

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