Unemployment rates lower

Labour Market Statistics, December 2014: ONS

Key Points for August to October 2014

  • There were 1.96 million unemployed people. This was 63,000 fewer than for May to July 2014, the smallest quarterly fall since July to September 2013. Comparing August to October 2014 with a year earlier, there were 455,000 fewer unemployed people.
  • The unemployment rate was 6.0%, lower than for May to July 2014 (6.2%) and lower than for a year earlier (7.4%). The unemployment rate is the proportion of the economically active population (those in work plus those seeking and available to work) who were unemployed.
  • There were 9.06 million people aged from 16 to 64 who were out of work and not seeking or available to work (known as economically inactive). This was little changed compared with May to July 2014 and with a year earlier.
  • The inactivity rate was 22.3%, unchanged from May to July 2014 and from a year earlier.
  • There were 30.80 million people in work. This was 115,000 more than for May to July 2014 and 588,000 more than for a year earlier.
  • he proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 in work (the employment rate), was 73.0%, higher than for May to July 2014 (72.8%) and higher than for a year earlier (71.8%).
  • There were 22.54 million people working full-time, 560,000 more than for a year earlier. There were 8.25 million people working part-time, 28,000 more than for a year earlier.

Inflation down to 1%

Consumer Price Inflation, November 2014: ONS

  • The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) grew by 1.0% in the year to November 2014, down from 1.3% in October.
  • Falls in transport costs (notably for motor fuels, air transport and second-hand cars) and in the pricesĀ of recreational and cultural goods were the main contributors to the slowdown in the rate of inflation between October and November.
  • Food and motor fuel prices, which have historically been upward contributors to the CPI 12-month rate, are currently reducing it by 0.4 percentage points.
  • Rate of Inflation lowest for over 12 years