Unemployment falls to 11-year low
There were 1.67 million unemployed people during this period, 20,000 fewer than for the three months to January 2016, and 148,000 fewer than a year earlier, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.
The total number of people in work rose by 55,000, with the employment rate reaching 74.2%, the joint highest since records began in 1971.
Average weekly earnings increased by 2% including bonuses and by 2.3% excluding bonuses compared with a year earlier.
Ben Brettell, senior economist, Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “Some unexpected good news amidst Brexit-related uncertainty – the UK labour market remains in good health despite a wider economic slowdown ahead of the referendum.
“The economy continues to add jobs, and wage growth is running ahead of consumer price inflation, which held steady yesterday at 0.3%. Today’s data will go some way to allay fears that businesses have been delaying decisions about hiring and investment until after the EU vote.”