According to statistics from the National Statistical Office (ONS) of Great Britain, unemployment, calculated according to the methodology of the International Labor Organization (ILO), in January-March 2022 fell to 3.7%, which was the lowest since December 1974.
In the period from December 2021 to February 2022, unemployment was 3.8%. Economists expected the indicator to remain unchanged.
ONS data indicate that the employment rate in the country continued to grow in April. The number of jobs increased by 121 thousand last month and reached 29.5 million, and the number of open vacancies reached a record 1.295 million.
Analysts of the department note that for the first time since the calculations, the number of unemployed turned out to be less than the number of vacancies.
The average salary of Britons in the first quarter of 2022 increased by 4.2% in annual terms. At the same time, adjusted for inflation, salaries decreased by 1.2%.