Unemployment rate falls

Labour Market Statistics, May 2012 – ONS

  • The unemployment rate was 8.2 per cent of the economically active population, down 0.2 on the quarter. There were 2.63 million unemployed people, down 45,000 on the quarter.
  • The inactivity rate for those aged from 16 to 64 was 23.0 per cent, down 0.1 on the quarter. There were 9.25 million economically inactive people aged from 16 to 64, down 35,000 on the quarter.
  • The employment rate for those aged from 16 to 64 was 70.5 per cent, up 0.2 on the quarter. There were 29.23 million people in employment aged 16 and over, up 105,000 on the quarter. The quarterly increase in employment was entirely due to more part-time workers.
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