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Video Summary: Latest on the Labour Market, December 2013

Released: 18 December 2013

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Welcome to the latest on the UK labour market covering the period August to October 2013.

Firstly looking at employment, 30.09 million people aged 16 and over were in work, this is a rise of 250,000 on the quarter and a rise of 485,000 on the year. 72.0% of people aged 16 to 64 were employed.

Moving down, this chart shows the employment rates for people in different age groups. . . . .


In August to October 2013, over 80% of people aged between 25 and 49 were in employment.

Also in this period, the employment rate for those aged 65 and over reached 10% for the first time.

Overall 59.0% of all people aged 16 and over were employed.

Turning to unemployment now, that is those not employed but seeking work, 2.39 million people aged 16 and over were out of work but seeking and available to work. This is a fall of 99,000 on the quarter and 121,000 on the year. The unemployment rate stood at 7.4%.

Considering the claimant count in November 2013, that is those seeking work and claiming benefits principally because they are not in work, 1.27 million people aged 18 and over were claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance. This is the lowest number since January 2009 and it is a fall of 37,000 on the month and 299,000 on the year.

Moving down to those not in the labour force, that is those not employed and not seeking or available for work, 8.92 million people aged between 16 and 64 were either not looking for work or not available to work. This is a fall of 45,000 on the quarter and a fall of 156,000 on the year. 22.1% of people aged 16 to 64 were not in the labour force.
Focusing back in on employment now and this month looking at employment in the UK public sector.
18.8% of all people in employment in the UK were working in the public sector. This equates to 5.7 million people working in the public sector.

Breaking this down by the area people were working in, 1.6 million were working in the NHS, 1.5 million were working in education, 1.1 million were working in public administration and the remaining 1.5 million were working in various other areas of the public sector.

Finally considering the number employed in the UK public sector since 2000.

This chart shows that the number has fallen since 2009 after a sharp rise at the end of 2008 when some banks moved into the public sector. There was a sharp fall in 2012 when English colleges were reclassified out of the public sector.

That was the latest on the UK labour market.


Source: Office for National Statistics

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