Comparing August-October 2013 with a year earlier, there were 485,000 more people in employment, 121,000 fewer unemployed people and 156,000 fewer people aged from 16 to 64 not in the labour force (economically inactive).
Comparing August to October 2013 with the previous three months, the number of people in employment increased by 250,000 (to reach 30.09 million), the number of unemployed people fell by 99,000 (to reach 2.39 million) and the number of people not in the labour force aged from 16 to 64 fell by 45,000 (to reach 8.92 million).
10% of people aged 65 and over were in work, the highest percentage since comparable records began in 1992
Looking in more detail at the percentage of people in employment by age group for August-October 2013, for those aged from 16 to 64 the employment rate was 72.0%, the highest since November 2008-January 2009 but lower than before the 2008-09 downturn. The highest employment rates were for people aged from 25 to 49 where 8 out of 10 people were in work. The lowest employment rates were for people aged from 16 to 24 where just over half of people were in work. Many young people were not in work because they were in full-time education. For people aged 65 and over, 1 person in 10 were in work, the highest employment rate for this age group since comparable records began in 1992.
A further fall in the number of Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants
Between October and November 2013 the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) fell by 36,700 to reach 1.27 million, the lowest number of claimants since January 2009. Over the year, the number of claimants fell by almost 300,000, the largest annual fall since April 1998. For November 2013 there were 824,800 men and 443,800 women claiming JSA.