Comparing September to November 2013 with the previous three months, the number of people in employment increased by 280,000 (to reach 30.15 million), the number of unemployed people fell by 167,000 (to reach 2.32 million) and the number of people not in the labour force (economically inactive) aged from 16 to 64 fell by 22,000 (to reach 8.93 million).
Compared with a year earlier there are 450,000 more people in work and 172,000 fewer unemployed people.
Comparing September-November 2013 with a year earlier, there were 450,000 more people in employment, 172,000 fewer unemployed people and 75,000 fewer people aged from 16 to 64 not in the labour force.
For September-November 2013, 72.1% of the population were in work, up from 71.5% a year earlier and 70.3% two years earlier, but lower than before the 2008-09 downturn. The highest employment rates since records began in 1971 were recorded in 1974 and the winter of 2004/05 (73.1%) and the lowest rates were recorded in 1983 (65.6%).
For September-November 2013, 7.1% of the labour force were unemployed, down from 7.7% a year earlier and 8.4% two years earlier, but higher than before the 2008/09 downturn. The lowest unemployment rates since records began in 1971 were recorded in the winter of 1973/74 (3.4%) and the highest rates were recorded a decade later in mid-1984 (11.9%).
A further fall in the number of Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants
Between November and December 2013 the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) fell by 24,000 to reach 1.25 million, the lowest number of claimants since January 2009. Over the year, the number of claimants fell by over 300,000, the largest annual fall since March 1998.