World Bulletin / News Desk
Unemployment fell by 75,000 to 1.46 million in the three months to July 2017 to stand at 4.3 percent, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The latest figure came a day after the U.K. inflation had jumped from 2.6 to 2.9 percent and a government announcement to lift a pay cap for police and prison officers.
The announcement on Tuesday pledged above 1 percent pay rises for police and prison officers in the last of the 2017-18 deals. It also promised more “flexibility” for all public sector workers' pay from 2018.
Public sector pay was frozen between 2010 and 2012, excluding those earning less than £21,000 (nearly $28,000) per annum, and since 2013, they have been capped at 1 percent, regardless of inflation figures.
The opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, reacting to paycap announcement, accused the ruling Conservatives of trying to divide and rule workers.
The unions of prison officers threatened industrial action dismissing the pay rises announced.
According to the latest figures, average weekly earnings rose by 2.1 percent per year in the quarter, lower than expectations, meaning that the cost of living squeeze was getting worse, as inflation rose.
The U.K. currency also reacted to Wednesday’s economy figures and fell back below $1.33.
The U.K. is set to leave the EU after deciding to end its 44-year-long membership to the bloc. It is expected to leave the union in March 2019.
After a low-key campaign, opinion polls put the conservative in the lead as he claims credit for the island's economic recovery since its debilitating financial crisis of 2013.
‘US does not provide any support to PKK, a US-designated foreign terrorist organization,’ says Pentagon spokesman
Turkish Cypriots stand with motherland Turkey and Turkish soldiers at heart, PM Ozgurgun tweets.
The campaign named 'Dignity is Priceless' aims to attract new donors for Palestinian refugees
Last week, Israeli authorities refused a request to release Attallah from prison
The move came as Israel extended detention of 16-year-old girl Ahed al-Tamimi
‘We do not have people operating in Afrin, so that does not have a direct effect on what we are doing’, spokesman says
Arguments in case expected in April, final ruling expected by June
Sergey Lavrov, Ayman Safadi meet in New York, according to Russian Foreign Ministry statement
Police confirm detention of Turks without providing reason for move
Congress fails to reach agreement on short-term stopgap funding
Xi's eponymous "thought" was already enshrined in the Communist Party constitution at the 19th Party Congress in October, elevating him to the same status as modern China's founder Mao Zedong.
Separate roadside bombings in both provinces left three civilians dead, say security sources
Mexico rejects claim, calling it 'manifestly false'
Supporters not deterred by president’s antics, performance