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UK jobless rate at joint 45-year low in 3 months to August

The U.K. unemployment rate was unchanged in the three months to August from the quarter ended July at 4.3%, the joint lowest since 1975, the country's Office for National Statistics said.

Unemployment was down from 4.5% in the quarter ended May and from 5.0% in the same period a year ago.

The rate of employment rate eased to 75.1% from the record high 75.3% in the quarter ended July, but was higher than the 74.9% March-May rate.

The number of people in work increased by 94,000, and was up 317,000 in annual terms, while the number of people out of work fell by 52,000 from the quarter ended May to 1.44 million.

Average weekly earnings for employees in nominal terms and including bonuses climbed 2.2% year over year, while nominal weekly earnings excluding bonuses rose 2.1%. Real wages, including bonuses, slipped 0.3% in the quarter in annual terms.

The number of vacancies in the quarter ended September increased 32,000 annually, but were little changed from the previous quarter.

The number of people claiming unemployment benefits, after seasonal adjustments, gained to 804,100 in September from a revised 802,400 in August, a preliminary data set by the office showed.