Labour Market Overview: February 2021 – ONS
The UK unemployment rate, in the three months to December 2020, was estimated at 5.1%, 1.3 percentage points higher than a year earlier and 0.4 percentage points higher than the previous quarter.
The UK employment rate, in the three months to December 2020, was estimated at 75.0%, 1.5 percentage points lower than a year earlier and 0.3 percentage points lower than the previous quarter.
In January 2021, 726,000 fewer people were in payrolled employment when compared with February 2020.
In January 2021, 83,000 more people were in payrolled employment when compared with December 2020; this is the second consecutive monthly increase.
Retail sales rose by 3.4 per cent in June.
Sales grew for the first time since the lockdown was imposed and at their fastest rate since May 2018.
Online sales of non-food items increased by 48.2 per cent in June, up from 3.3 per cent in June 2019 and above the 12-month average growth rate of 17.1 per cent.
In-store sales of non-food items declined by 46.8 per cent. This was worse than the 12-month average of -16.5 per cent.
Over the three months to June, non-food retail sales fell by 15 per cent.
Food retailers performed strongly, with sales rising by 3.8 per cent on an overall basis. This was higher than the 12-month average growth rate of 2.7 per cent.
Footfall was down 49.6% for the week ending 4 July compared to the same week a year ago
An improvement on the previous week – up by 15.3%
Hospitality, leisure and entertainment over the weekend of the 4-5 July grow by 19% compared to the previous weekend
Last year, total sales fell 0.1%, marking the first annual sales decline since 1995.
Sales in November and December were particularly weak, falling 0.9%
Like-for-like retail sales fell 1.2% over November and December compared with the previous year