Unemployment hits a six year record low

Unemployment in the UK has hit a six year low in the last three months. The ONS (Office for National Statistics) has reported that the amount of people out of work has fallen by to 6.4% in the last quarter. This is the lowest level since 2008 and it has gone done from 6.5% in May.

The actual figure of people out of work decreased by 132,000 to 2.08 million, however average wages rose at the slowest rate since records began in 2001.

The Office for National statistics suggested that the slow wage increase was affected by a large number of employees actually deferring bonus payments in the hope of the top rate of tax being cut.

This deferment is thought to have affected the actual real rate of increase, which would have been higher if it was not for the bonus deferring.

Low salary inflation, the rate at which the real value of a salary increases is a growing concern for top financial decision makers in the Bank of England, it could ultimately have an effect on the timing of when to raise in the interest rate.

The Bank of England has now reduced its forecast by more than half, saying the average salary increase would be around 1.25% for 2014.
The slow salary growth is likely to prevent an increase in interest rates this year, mainly due to the average person being made to pay more for their mortgage and subsequent knock on effects to the cost of products and services.

The slow increase also suggests that the economy is still fragile; the figures should be used seen as a warning sign that the economic recovery still has a long way to go.

The unemployment is still expected to fall further as we move into the second half of the year. It is also very probable that the unemployment rate will fall below 6%.

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