• In the three months April-June 2015, unemployment rose by 25,000 and employment fell by 63,000 compared with the previous three months
  • In the three months to June 2015 the youth unemployment rate rose marginally to 16.0% compared with 15.9% in the previous three months
  • Average earnings were 2.4% higher than a year ago including bonuses, and 2.8% higher than a year ago excluding bonuses


Commenting on the latest UK labour market statistics issued by the ONS today,David Kern, Chief Economist of the British Chambers of Commerce, said:

"Although the UK jobs market remains robust, these figures are disappointing because for the second month in a row we have seen unemployment rise and employment fall. It is also concerning that the youth unemployment rate rose.

"Overall, these figures are a timely reminder that the UK recovery is still in need of care and attention and we cannot take any unnecessary risks. With average earnings growth relatively stable and inflationary pressures subdued, it is clear that what British businesses need is a period of stability without any threat of interest rate increases for the time being.”