Wage growth is comfortably outpacing inflation, which averaged 2% during the period. Figures boosted by timing of wage increases in the National Health Service.
The number of people in work rose by a stronger-than-forecast 115,000, taking the employment rate to a joint-record high of of 76.1%.
Jobs growth was not enough to absorb the growth in the active labor force, pushing up the jobless rate to 3.9% from a 44-year low of 3.8%. Inactivity stood at a joint-record low of 20.7%.
Weak productivity growth is fueling domestically generated price pressures. Separate figures Tuesday show output per hour fell 0.6% in the second quarter from a year earlier, the fourth decline in a row.
- Strong labor market boosted consumer spending again in the second quarter, when the economy as a whole shrank for the first time since 2012.
- But jobs growth has slowed this year. That may reflect weaker demand for labor and/or firms finding it hard to find suitable candidates.
- Employment in the latest three months was driven by employee jobs, though self-employment accounted for almost 30% of the gain. Women accounted for three quarters of the total increase.
- Vacancies fell 20,000 to 820,000 in the three months through July, the lowest level since Feb.-April last year.
- There were 99,000 more EU nationals working in the U.K. than a year earlier.
- Markets are pricing in a BOE rate cut in the event of a no-deal Brexit.