Britain's unemployment rate has dipped to 4.6 per cent, the lowest level for 42 years, official data showed on Wednesday, three weeks before a general election.
"These upward contributions were partially offset by a fall in motor fuel prices between March 2017 and April 2017, compared with a rise between the same two months a year ago", the ONS added.
That meant pay, adjusted for inflation, fell by 0.2% in the first three months of the year, the first fall since the third quarter of 2014.
Excluding oil prices and other volatile components such as food, core consumer price inflation rose to 2.4 percent, the strongest rate since March 2013 and above economists' expectations for a 2.2 percent rise.
Just recently, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney warned on how wage growth would be surpassed by inflation as the year 2017 is now proving to be a challenge for British consumers.
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The ONS said house prices in March rose at their weakest rate since October 2013, up 4.1 percent on the year.
For most Bank of England (BOE) policy makers, the fact that earnings remain subdued despite a healthy labor market suggests there is still enough slack to keep interest rates at a record low.
United Kingdom consumer inflation climbed more than expected last month amid the sharp fall in the value of the Pound caused by Britain's decision to leave the European Union.
The overall inflation rate, measured by CPI, is consistent with economists' views that inflation has peaked in March.
Mike Currie at Fidelity International said prices are likely to continue to outpace wage growth, tightening the squeeze on household budgets.
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In a report titled, "National Household Kerosene Price Watch", the NBS stated that the average price per litre paid by consumers for kerosene increased by 25.77 per cent year-on-year to N280.80 in April 2017 from N311.56 in March 2017. The number of unemployed dropped 53,000 to 1.54 million people while of those employed rose 122,000 to a record 31.9 million.
Ulster University economist Esmond Birnie warned that increasing inflation could decrease consumer spending.
Increases have been mainly driven by crude oil as the effect of a fall in the price drops out of the figures but sterling's weakness since the European Union referendum has also helped drive up import prices.
Official figures show the United Kingdom unemployment rate has managed to fall to 4.6 per cent.
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