Official figures have shown that UK unemployment edged closer to a six-year low in the three months to the end of June.
The Office for National Statistics said the unemployment rate fell to 6.4% in the quarter - which was the lowest since late 2008 and down from 6.5% in May. The number of people unemployed fell by 132,000 to 2.08 million.
Average wages were, however, affected by an unusually high number of employees deferring bonus payments until after the top rate of tax was cut from 50p to 45p last year.
Low average wage rises are an indication of the level of so-called 'spare capacity' in the economy -the measure of the extent to which the economy is underperforming.
The number of young people out of work fell in the three months to June from 102,000 to 767,000 - more than 200,000 lower than a year ago.
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