Unemployment in the UK has now fallen to its lowest level for over a decade. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reports that in the three month period to the end of April 2016, there were 1.67 million unemployed, a fall of 20,000 from the preceding quarter. The percentage of the population out of work dipped marginally to 5%; the lowest level seen since October 2005. The number of people in work increased by 55,000 to 31.6 million, which represents 74.2% of the population. Earnings, excluding bonuses, rose by 2.3%. This was higher than anticipated by many market analysts, partly due to the introduction of the new National Living Wage of £7.20 per hour; 1.8 million workers aged over 25 benefited, resulting in earnings growth in April rising by 2.5%. Earnings, including bonuses, also grew by 2% in the same period. There were mixed messages in the public sector, with employment increasing by 6,000 overall, thanks to a rise in those employed by the NHS, however, local government saw a decline in the number of employees, down to 2.2 million.