Labour market statistics: December 2011

Labour market statistics: December 2011

For August to October 2011:

  • The unemployment rate was 8.3 per cent of the economically active population, up 0.4 on the quarter.
  • There were 2.64 million unemployed people, up 128,000 on the quarter.
  • The unemployment rate is the highest since 1996 and the number of unemployed people is the highest since 1994.
  • The employment rate for those aged from 16 to 64 was 70.3 per cent, down 0.2 on the quarter.
  • There were 29.11 million people in employment aged 16 and over, down 63,000 on the quarter.
  • The number of people employed in the public sector fell by 67,000 on the quarter to reach 5.99 million. The number of people employed in the private sector rose by 5,000 on the quarter to reach 23.12 million
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