Employment rate highest since 1971

UK labour market: Feb 2017 – ONS

Main points for October to December 2016

  • There were 31.84 million people in work, 37,000 more than for July to September 2016 and 302,000 more than for a year earlier.
  • There were 23.29 million people working full-time, 218,000 more than for a year earlier. There were 8.55 million people working part-time, 84,000 more than for a year earlier.
  • The employment rate (the proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 who were in work) was 74.6%, the highest since comparable records began in 1971.
  • There were 1.60 million unemployed people (people not in work but seeking and available to work), little changed compared with July to September 2016 but 97,000 fewer than for a year earlier.
  • There were 877,000 unemployed men, little changed compared with July to September 2016 but 48,000 fewer than for a year earlier.
  • There were 720,000 unemployed women, little changed compared with July to September 2016 but 50,000 fewer than for a year earlier.
  • The unemployment rate was 4.8%, down from 5.1% for a year earlier. It has not been lower since July to September 2005.
  • There were 8.86 million people aged from 16 to 64 who were economically inactive (not working and not seeking or available to work), 31,000 fewer than for July to September 2016 and 61,000 fewer than for a year earlier.
  • The inactivity rate (the proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 who were economically inactive) was 21.6%, slightly lower than for July to September 2016 (21.7%) and lower than for a year earlier (21.8%).
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