Unemployment falls

UK Labour Market: May 2016 – ONS

Main points for January to March 2016

  • There were 1.69 million unemployed people (people not in work but seeking and available to work), little changed compared with October to December 2015 but 139,000 fewer than for a year earlier.
  • The unemployment rate was 5.1%, unchanged compared with October to December 2015 but lower than for a year earlier (5.6%). The unemployment rate is the proportion of the labour force (those in work plus those unemployed) that were unemployed.
  • There were 31.58 million people in work, 44,000 more than for October to December 2015 and 409,000 more than for a year earlier.
  • There were 23.12 million people working full-time, 328,000 more than for a year earlier. There were 8.46 million people working part-time, 81,000 more than for a year earlier.
  • The employment rate (the proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 who were in work) was 74.2%, the highest since comparable records began in 1971.
  • There were 8.90 million people aged from 16 to 64 who were economically inactive (not working and not seeking or available to work), 20,000 fewer than for October to December 2015 and 116,000 fewer than for a year earlier.
  • The inactivity rate (the proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 who were economically inactive) was 21.7%, the joint lowest since comparable records began in 1971.

 

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Unemployment falling

Labour Market Statistics, July 2014: ONS

  • For March to May 2014, there were 2.12 million unemployed people, 121,000 fewer than for December 2013 to February 2014 and 383,000 fewer than a year earlier.
  • The unemployment rate continued to fall, reaching 6.5% for March to May 2014, the lowest since October to December 2008.
  • For March to May 2014, there were 8.78 million economically inactive people (those out of work but not seeking or available to work) aged from 16 to 64. This was 67,000 fewer than for December 2013 to February 2014 and 258,000 fewer than a year earlier.
  • The proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 who were out of work but not seeking or available to work continued to fall, reaching 21.7% for March to May 2014. The economic inactivity rate last reached 21.7% in July to September 1990 and, since records began in 1971, it has never been lower.
  • For March to May 2014, there were 30.64 million people in work, 254,000 more than for December 2013 to February 2014 and 929,000 more than a year earlier.

UK unemployment down

Labour Market Statistics, April 2014: ONS

  • At 2.24 million for December 2013 to February 2014, unemployment was 77,000 lower than for September to November 2013 and 320,000 lower than a year earlier.
  • The unemployment rate was 6.9% of the labour force (those unemployed plus those employed) for December 2013 to February 2014, down from 7.1% for September to November 2013 and from 7.9% for a year earlier.
  • At 30.39 million for December 2013 to February 2014, employment was 239,000 higher than for September to November 2013 and 691,000 higher than a year earlier.
  • 72.6% of people aged 16 to 64 were in work for December 2013 to February 2014, up from 72.1% for September to November 2013 and from 71.4% for a year earlier.
  • 8.85 million people aged 16 to 64 were economically inactive (those out of work but not seeking or available to work) for December 2013 to February 2014. This was 86,000 lower than for September to November 2013 and 104,000 lower than a year earlier.
  • 21.9% of people aged 16 to 64 were economically inactive for December 2013 to February 2014, down from 22.2% from both September to November 2013 and from a year earlier. The rate has not been lower since October to December 1990.