Unemployment falling

Labour Market Statistics, March 2015: ONS

Key Points for the three months ending January 2015

  • Comparing the estimates for the three months ending January 2015 with those for August to October 2014, employment continued to rise and unemployment continued to fall
  • There were 1.86 million unemployed people, 102,000 fewer than for August to October 2014 and 479,000 fewer than for a year earlier
  • The proportion of the economically active population who were unemployed (the unemployment rate) was 5.7%, lower than for August to October 2014 (6.0%) and for a year earlier (7.2%). The economically active population is those in work plus those seeking and available to work
  • There were 9.03 million people aged from 16 to 64 who were out of work and not seeking or available to work (known as economically inactive), 30,000 fewer than for August to October 2014 but 14,000 more than for a year earlier
  • The proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 who were economically inactive (the inactivity rate) was 22.2%
  • There were 30.94 million people in work, 143,000 more than for August to October 2014 and 617,000 more than for a year earlier
  • There were 22.64 million people working full-time, 481,000 more than for a year earlier. There were 8.30 million people working part-time, 137,000 more than for a year earlier
  • The proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 in work (the employment rate) was 73.3%, the highest since comparable records began in 1971
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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.

Unemployment falls, claimant count rises

Labour Market Statistics, April 2012 – covering December 2011 to February 2012: ONS

  • The unemployment rate was 8.3 per cent of the economically active population, down 0.1 on the quarter. There were 2.65 million unemployed people, down 35,000 on the quarter. This is the first quarterly fall in unemployment since the three months to May 2011.
  • The claimant count in March 2012 was 1.61 million, up 3,600 on the previous month and up 145,200 on a year earlier.
  • The employment rate for those aged from 16 to 64 was 70.4 per cent, up 0.1 on the quarter. There were 29.17 million people in employment aged 16 and over, up 53,000 on the quarter.
  • The inactivity rate for those aged from 16 to 64 was 23.1 per cent, down 0.1 on the quarter. There were 9.27 million economically inactive people aged from 16 to 64, down 25,000 on the quarter.

UK unemployment up by 28,000

For November 2011 to January 2012:

  • The unemployment rate has not been higher since 1995 but the rise in unemployment was the lowest in almost a year.
  • The unemployment rate was 8.4 per cent of the economically active population, up 0.1 on the quarter.
  • There were 2.67 million unemployed people, up 28,000 on the quarter.
  • The inactivity rate for those aged from 16 to 64 was 23.1 per cent, down 0.1 on the quarter.There were 9.30 million economically inactive people aged from 16 to 64, down 27,000 on the quarter.
  • The employment rate for those aged from 16 to 64 was 70.3 per cent, unchanged on the quarter. There were 29.12 million people in employment aged 16 and over, up 9,000 on the quarter.

Labour Market Statistics, March 2012