The number of job vacancies in the UK rose again in the period April to June, to 529,000, with the number of unemployed people searching for each job the lowest it has been for over four years, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
And the number of people out of work fell for the fourth consecutive data release in today’s ONS Labour Market Update.
The number of vacancies rose 4.7% from the previous three-month period, March to May. This is the fifth monthly rise in a row and has risen in all but three months since July 2011. This time last year the figure was 11.9% lower.
The number of people unemployed in the latest available period, March to May (ONS unemployment data runs one month behind vacancies), was 2.51m, down 60,000 on the February to April period.