British unemployment tumbled again in August, falling to 5.4% — the lowest since August 2008.
Analysts expected no move in unemployment from 5.5%.
Earnings were a little weaker than analysts expected, with wages excluding bonuses up by 2.8% year-on-year, and up 3% including bonuses.
Analysts were expecting earnings to have increased by 3.1% including bonuses, and regular pay to have risen 3%.
In real terms, with UK consumer price inflation bumping around zero, pay increases that would previously have been modest are much more impressive.