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7.24am BST

The number of workers on payrolls in the UK rose by 241,000 between July and August, marking a rebound above pre-pandemic levels, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reports.

Jonathan Athow, ONS deputy national statistician for economic statistics, said the overall employment rate is continuing to recover – especially among younger workers – and unemployment has fallen.

Early estimates from payroll data suggest that in August the total number of employees is around the same level as before the pandemic, though our surveys show well over a million are still on furlough.

However, this recovery isn’t even: in hard-hit areas such as London and sectors such as hospitality and arts and leisure the numbers of workers remain well down on pre-pandemic levels.

The number of employees on payroll rose by 241,000 in August 2021; this took the total just past its pre-pandemic peak https://t.co/2pSt3xLMeC pic.twitter.com/DlI4iEsSrd

There were an estimated 1.03 million job vacancies in June to August 2021, up from 764,000 in the previous three months.

Early figures for August show there were more than 1.1 million vacancies that month for the first time ever https://t.co/jdYToe6z7O pic.twitter.com/lrVhDzRhZY

7.15am BST

The governor of Florida has threatened to fine cities and counties that force employees to get coronavirus vaccines.

Ron DeSantis said: “If a government agency in the state of Florida forces a vaccine as a condition to employment, that violates Florida law.”

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