United Kingdom jobless rate falls to lowest since 1975 but pay growth weakens

United Kingdom unemployment fell by 65,000 to 1.36 million in three months to June - the lowest for more than 40 years, official figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.

The jobless rate fell to 4% in the three months to June, down from 4.2% in the previous quarter and the lowest since the three months to February 1975, said the Office for National Statistics.

The drop came despite a smaller-than-expected number of jobs created over the three-month period of 42,000.

Average weekly earnings, excluding bonuses, rose by 2.7%, the ONS said, unchanged on the month before.

Compared with the same three months of 2017 - when Scottish employment was at a record high - the number seeking work was up by 7,000, and the number of those aged 16 to 64 in employment was down by 3,000.

The number of workers on zero-hours contracts fell by 104,000 over the past year to 780,000, the first substantial fall since the ONS started tracking the figures in 2000.

But there has been a record fall in the number of European Union nationals working in the United Kingdom, new figures show.

The number of people classed as economically inactive, including students, those on long-term sick leave, taken early retirement or who have given up looking for work, increased by 77,000 to 8.7 million in the latest quarter, giving a rate of 21.2 per cent.

Mr McIntyre highlighted that Scotland "outperforms the United Kingdom by some margin" on the youth unemployment front, with a current rate of 9.3% north of the border compared with 11.3% for the United Kingdom as a whole.

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