Energy roundup

Number of people out of work in the period from January to March fell to 1.83M, down 35,000 on the previous quarter and the lowest for seven years, according to the Office for National Statistics. The total number in work rose to 31.1M. Average pay excluding boneuses rose by 2.2% compared with a year ago. But the Bank of England has cut its growth forecast from 2.9% to 2.5% for 2015 and from 2.9% to 2.6% for next year.