The Office for National Statistics noted on Wednesday, the number of people unemployed in the UK increased 21,000 to 1.7 million q/q in February, increasing for the first time since the middle of 2015 while the UK’s official jobless rate held at a decade low of 5.1% during that period. The number of people claiming jobless benefits rose 6,700 in March, after dropping a revised 9,300 in February, marking the first increase since August 2015. The claimant count rate stayed at 2.1%, the lowest since 1974. Wage growth, excluding bonuses held steady at 2.2% q/q in Feb, while wages ex-bonuses unexpectedly dropped to 1.8%, the lowest since February last year, from 2.1% previous. For more information, read our latest forex news.