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Release: Labour Market Statistics, December 2012

Released: 12 December 2012 Next edition: 23 January 2013
  • The employment rate for those aged from 16 to 64 for August to October 2012 was 71.2 per cent, up 0.1 from May to July 2012. There were 29.60 million people in employment aged 16 and over, up 40,000 from May to July 2012.

  • The unemployment rate for August to October 2012 was 7.8 per cent of the economically active population, down 0.2 from May to July 2012. There were 2.51 million unemployed people, down 82,000 from May to July 2012.

  • The inactivity rate for those aged from 16 to 64 for August to October 2012 was 22.6 per cent, up 0.1 from May to July 2012. There were 9.07 million economically inactive people aged from 16 to 64, up 60,000 from May to July 2012.

  • Between August to October 2011 and August to October 2012, total pay (including bonuses) rose by 1.8 per cent and regular pay (excluding bonuses) rose by 1.7 per cent.

This release contains the latest estimates of labour market statistics (including employment, unemployment and economic inactivity) for the United Kingdom. More detailed Labour Market statistics, particularly at regional and local area level, are available on the NOMIS website .

There is an article on the website to help users interpret labour market statistics and highlight some common misunderstandings. A more detailed Guide to Labour Market Statistics is also available.

There is a pdf version of the Statistical Bulletin which includes summary data tables.

There are separate releases on this website for Public Sector Employment and Regional Labour Market Statistics .

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