Unemployment down, claimant count up

Labour Market Statistics, June 2012: ONS February to April 2012

  • The unemployment rate was 8.2 per cent of the economically active population, down 0.2 on the quarter. There were 2.61 million unemployed people, down 51,000 on the quarter
  • The inactivity rate for those aged from 16 to 64 was 23.0 per cent, down 0.2 on the quarter. There were 9.23 million economically inactive people aged from 16 to 64, down 69,000 on the quarter
  • The employment rate for those aged from 16 to 64 was 70.6 per cent, up 0.3 on the quarter
  • There were 29.28 million people in employment aged 16 and over, up 166,000 on the quarter. The number of people employed in the private sector increased by 205,000 to reach 23.38 million but the number of people employed in the public sector fell by 39,000 to reach 5.90 million, the lowest figure since March 2003
  • The claimant count in May 2012 was 1.60 million, up 8,100 on the previous month and up 96,300 on a year earlier. The claimant count rate was 4.9 per cent, unchanged on the previous month but up 0.3 percentage points from a year earlier.
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