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Figures for February to April 2019 tell a familiar story.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published its jobs market data for the months February to April 2019. This figures paint a familiar picture: continuing the on-going trends of previous months.

• Overall employment remained at an estimated 76.1 per cent. This is half a percentage higher than twelve months ago (75.6 per cent); and the highest since records began (1971).

• In nominal terms, this translates to a workforce of 32.75 Britons in employment. It means the UK workforce expanded by 357,000 in the past twelve months.

•Meanwhile, part-time work fell across the same period. The number of workers in part-time employment dropped by 45,000 in the year to date.

•For the first time, 72 per cent of women of working age were in employment – the highest figure on record.

• Unemployment remained at 38 per cent – low levels not seen since October 1974.

• Economic activity fell to 20.8 per cent compared to 21 per cent a year earlier.

• Average weekly earnings for full time employees increased by 3.4 per cent in nominal terms before bonuses. Adjusted for inflation, wages were up by 1.5 per cent over the year.

• With bonuses, wages grew in real terms by 1.2 per cent.