"For April to June 2017, there were 32.07 million people in work, 125,000 more than for January to March 2017 and 338,000 more than for a year earlier", the statement said.
Sterling picked on the positive set of readings as traders begin to price in the possibility of a rate hike this year, although this remains unlikely, especially with United Kingdom inflation nudging lower and back towards target.
The number of unemployed in Scotland increased by 3,000, to stand at 107,000. There were 105 fewer claimants in Walsall at 4,890 (2.9 per cent), Dudley was down 70 at 5,735 (three per cent) and Wolverhampton dropped by 65 to 6,705 (4.2 per cent). "This compares with a fall of 0.5% in Quarter 1", the ONS said. It expects wages to rise by 2 per cent this year before picking up in 2018 and 2019.
Excluding bonuses - which analysts say gives a better picture of the underlying trend - earnings in nominal terms rose by 2.1 per cent year-on-year, quickening slightly from May and against expectations for a 2.0 per cent rise. Annual inflation in Britain was 2.6% in July, well in excess of the BOE's 2% target.
'The task now is to build on this success through Jobcentre Plus and our employment programmes so that everybody can benefit from the opportunities being created'.
Sterling bounced 0.18 per cent to $1.2891 in the wake of the data.
The pound was up 0.2 per cent against the dollar at 1.28 United States dollars, while the British currency flirted with 1.10 euros, up 0.3 per cent on the day.
TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said: "Rising prices and stagnant pay are a toxic combination for working people".
"This is the fourth month in a row where wages have fallen behind the cost of living".
"Ministers are sitting on their hands as another living standards crisis unfolds".
ONS senior labour market statistician Matt Hughes said: 'The employment picture remains strong, with a new record high employment rate and another fall in the unemployment rate. Should inflation ease back, as many economic forecasters predict, then wage increases could start to outstrip price rises, helping to shore up consumer demand at a crucial time when the British government is negotiating how the country will leave the EU.