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Employment up 193,000 compared with the previous quarter

Comparing October-December 2013 with the previous three months, there was a large rise in the number of employed people, and a large fall in the number of people who were unemployed. The number of people not in the labour force was little changed.

Comparing October to December  2013 with the previous three months, the number of people in employment increased by 193,000 (to reach 30.15 million), the number of unemployed people fell by 125,000 (to reach 2.34 million) and the number of people not in the labour force (economically inactive) aged from 16 to 64 increased by  8,000 (to reach 8.93 million).

 

Compared with a year earlier, for both men and women, employment is higher and unemployment is lower.

For October-December 2013, 77.1% of men aged from 16 to 64 were in work, up from 76.6% a year earlier and 75.4% two years earlier, but lower than before the 2008-09 downturn. For October-December 2013, 67.2% of women aged from 16 to 64 were in work (the highest figure on record), up from 66.5% a year earlier and 65.4% two years earlier.

For October-December 2013, 7.6% of men in the labour force were unemployed, down from 8.1% a year earlier and 9.0% two years earlier, but higher than before the 2008-09 downturn. For October-December 2013, 6.8% of women in the labour force were unemployed, down from 7.3% a year earlier and 7.6% two years earlier, but higher than before the 2008-09 downturn.

For October-December 2013, 16.4% of men aged from 16 to 64 were not in the labour force, unchanged from a year earlier but down from 17.0% two years earlier. For October-December 2013, 27.9% of women aged from 16 to 64 were not in the labour force, down from 28.1% a year earlier and 29.1% two years earlier. Since records began in 1971 the percentage of women aged from 16 to 64 not in the labour force has been gradually falling while the percentage of men aged from 16 to 64 not in the labour force has been gradually rising.

Categories: Labour Market, People in Work, Employment, People not in Work, Unemployment, Economic Inactivity, Claimant Count
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