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%).

Fall in unemployment

UK labour market: Jan 2017 – ONS

  • There were 1.60 million unemployed people (people not in work but seeking and available to work), 52,000 fewer than for June to August 2016 and 81,000 fewer than for a year earlier.
  • There were 883,000 unemployed men, 8,000 fewer than for June to August 2016 and 41,000 fewer than for a year earlier.
  • There were 721,000 unemployed women, 44,000 fewer than for June to August 2016 and 40,000 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 8.89 million people aged from 16 to 64 who were economically inactive (not working and not seeking or available to work), 85,000 more than for June to August 2016 but 63,000 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%, higher than for June to August 2016 (21.5%) but lower than for a year earlier (21.9%).
  • There were 31.80 million people in work, little changed compared with June to August 2016 but 294,000 more than for a year earlier.
  • There were 23.25 million people working full-time, 209,000 more than for a year earlier. There were 8.55 million people working part-time, 86,000 more than for a year earlier.
  • The employment rate (the proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 who were in work) was 74.5%, virtually unchanged compared with June to August 2016 but higher than for a year earlier (74.0%).

Unemployment falling

UK labour market statistics: Dec 2016 – ONS

  • There were 1.62 million unemployed people (people not in work but seeking and available to work), 16,000 fewer than for May to July 2016 and 103,000 fewer than for a year earlier.
  • There were 888,000 unemployed men, 13,000 fewer than for May to July 2016 and 53,000 fewer than for a year earlier.
  • There were 728,000 unemployed women, little changed compared with May to July 2016 but 49,000 fewer than for a year earlier.
  • The unemployment rate was 4.8%, down from 5.2% for a year earlier. It has not been lower since July to September 2005.
  • There were 8.91 million people aged from 16 to 64 who were economically inactive (not working and not seeking or available to work), 76,000 more than for May to July 2016 but 56,000 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%, higher than for May to July 2016 (21.5%) but lower than for a year earlier (21.9%).
  • There were 31.76 million people in work, little changed compared with May to July 2016 but 342,000 more than for a year earlier.
  • There were 23.20 million people working full-time, 235,000 more than for a year earlier. There were 8.56 million people working part-time, 107,000 more than for a year earlier.
  • The employment rate (the proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 who were in work) was 74.4%, slightly down from the joint record high of 74.5% recorded for May to July 2016 but higher than for a year earlier (73.9%).

UK unemployment falling

UK labour market: Nov 2016 – ONS

  • There were 1.60 million unemployed people (people not in work but seeking and available to work), 37,000 fewer than for April to June 2016 and 146,000 fewer than for a year earlier.
  • There were 876,000 unemployed men, 15,000 fewer than for April to June 2016 and 82,000 fewer than for a year earlier.
  • There were 728,000 unemployed women, 22,000 fewer than for April to June 2016 and 64,000 fewer than for a year earlier.
  • The unemployment rate was 4.8%, down from 5.3% for a year earlier and the lowest since July to September 2005.
  • There were 8.89 million people aged from 16 to 64 who were economically inactive (not working and not seeking or available to work), 49,000 more than for April to June 2016 but 103,000 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%, down from 22.0% for a year earlier.
  • There were 31.80 million people in work, 49,000 more than for April to June 2016 and 461,000 more than for a year earlier.
  • There were 23.24 million people working full-time, 350,000 more than for a year earlier. There were 8.56 million people working part-time, 110,000 more than for a year earlier.
  • The employment rate (the proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 who were in work) was 74.5%, the joint highest since comparable records began in 1971.

 

Unemployment rises

UK Labour Market: October 2016

Main points for June to August 2016

  • There were 1.66 million unemployed people (people not in work but seeking and available to work), 10,000 more than for March to May 2016 but 118,000 fewer than for a year earlier.
  • There were 891,000 unemployed men, 12,000 fewer than for March to May 2016 and 81,000 fewer than for a year earlier.
  • There were 765,000 unemployed women, 23,000 more than for March to May 2016 but 37,000 fewer than for a year earlier.
  • The unemployment rate was 4.9%, unchanged compared with March to May 2016 but down from 5.4% for a year earlier. The unemployment rate is the proportion of the labour force (those in work plus those unemployed) that were unemployed.
  • There were 8.81 million people aged from 16 to 64 who were economically inactive (not working and not seeking or available to work), 65,000 fewer than for March to May 2016 and 231,000 fewer than for a year earlier.
  • The inactivity rate (the proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 who were economically inactive) was 21.5%, the joint lowest since comparable records began in 1971.
  • There were 31.81 million people in work, 106,000 more than for March to May 2016 and 560,000 more than for a year earlier.
  • There were 23.23 million people working full-time, 362,000 more than for a year earlier. There were 8.58 million people working part-time, 198,000 more than for a year earlier.
  • The employment rate (the proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 who were in work) was 74.5%, the joint highest since comparable records began in 1971.

Unemployment falling

UK Labour Market: August 2016 – ONS

Main points for April to June 2016

  • There were 1.64 million unemployed people (people not in work but seeking and available to work), 52,000 fewer than for January to March 2016, 207,000 fewer than for a year earlier and the lowest since March to May 2008.
  • There were 890,000 unemployed men, 124,000 fewer than for a year earlier. There were 750,000 unemployed women, 84,000 fewer than for a year earlier.
  • The unemployment rate was 4.9%, down from 5.6% for a year earlier. The last time it was lower was for July to September 2005. The unemployment rate is the proportion of the labour force (those in work plus those unemployed) that were unemployed.
  • Between January to March 2016 and April to June 2016, the number of people in work increased. The number of unemployed people and the number of people not working and not seeking or available to work (economically inactive) fell.
  • There were 31.75 million people in work, 172,000 more than for January to March 2016 and 606,000 more than for a year earlier.
  • There were 23.22 million people working full-time, 374,000 more than for a year earlier. There were 8.53 million people working part-time, 231,000 more than for a year earlier.
  • The employment rate (the proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 who were in work) was 74.5%, the highest since comparable records began in 1971)
  • There were 8.84 million people aged from 16 to 64 who were economically inactive (not working and not seeking or available to work), 58,000 fewer than for January to March 2016 and 179,000 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%, the joint lowest since comparable records began in 1971.

Employment rate highest since 1971

UK Labour Market: July 2016 – ONS

Main points for March to May 2016

  • There were 1.65 million unemployed people (people not in work but seeking and available to work), 54,000 fewer than for the 3 months to February 2016, 201,000 fewer than for a year earlier and the lowest since March to May 2008.
  • There were 903,000 unemployed men, 108,000 fewer than for a year earlier. There were 742,000 unemployed women, 93,000 fewer than for a year earlier.
  • The unemployment rate was 4.9%, down from 5.6% for a year earlier. The last time it was lower was for July to September 2005.
  • There were 31.70 million people in work, 176,000 more than for the 3 months to February 2016 and 624,000 more than for a year earlier.
  • There were 23.19 million people working full-time, 401,000 more than for a year earlier. There were 8.52 million people working part-time, 223,000 more than for a year earlier.
  • The employment rate (the proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 who were in work) was 74.4%, the highest since comparable records began in 1971.
  • There were 8.87 million people aged from 16 to 64 who were economically inactive (not working and not seeking or available to work), 46,000 fewer than for the 3 months to February 2016 and 181,000 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%, the lowest since comparable records began in 1971.