Comparing July-September 2013 with a year earlier, there were 378,000 more people in employment, 48,000 fewer unemployed people and 149,000 fewer people not in the labour force (economically inactive).
Employment up 177,000 on the quarter, mainly due to more people working full-time
Comparing July to September 2013 with the previous three months, the number of people in employment increased by 177,000 (to reach 29.95 million), the number of unemployed people fell by 48,000 (to reach 2.47 million) and the number of people not in the labour force aged from 16 to 64 fell by 69,000 (to reach 8.92 million).
Looking in more detail at the quarterly increase in the number of people in employment, the number of men in full-time employment increased by 89,000 (to reach 13.90 million) and the number of women in full-time employment increased by 68,000 (to reach 7.97 million). The number of men in part-time employment increased by 41,000 (to reach 2.15 million) but the number of women in part-time employment fell by 22,000 (to reach 5.94 million).
Although the number of people in work has increased, the employment rate is lower than before the 2008-09 economic downturn
The percentage of people aged from 16 to 64 who were in work for July to September 2013 (the employment rate) was 71.8%, which is lower than before the 2008-09 downturn. In March to May 2008 the employment rate peaked at 73.0%. It then fell, as the economic downturn impacted on the labour market, and it reached a trough of 70.2% for July to September 2011 before recovering to reach 71.8% for July to September 2013.
A further fall in the number of Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants
Between September and October 2013 the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) fell by 41,700 to reach 1.31 million, the lowest number of claimants since January 2009. Over the year, the number of claimants fell by 266,500, the largest annual fall since May 1998. For October 2013 there were 849,200 men and 457,200 women claiming JSA.