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