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The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance or claiming Universal Credit and required to seek work was 776,400 in September 2016, up slightly from August.

The unemployment rate was 4.9% in June-August 2016. The ILO measure of unemployment was 1.66 million people, 10,000 more than the previous quarter and 118,000 fewer than the year before.

The number of people in employment was 31.81 million in June-August 2016, up 106,000 from the previous quarter and 560,000 more than the year before. The employment rate was 74.5%, the highest since comparable records began in 1971. 

Average weekly total pay in Great Britain increased by 2.3% in the three months to August 2016 compared with the previous year. Regular pay (excluding bonuses) also grew by 2.3%. CPI inflation averaged 0.6% over this period.

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