Welcome to the latest on the UK labour market, covering the period July to September 2013.
Firstly looking at employment, the number of people in employment has been rising on the quarter and on the year, so that in July to September 2013, 29.95 million people aged 16 and over were in work. This is a rise of 177 thousand on the previous quarter and a rise of 378 thousand on the year. 71.8% of people aged 16 to 64 were employed.
Turning to those not employed but seeking work, which are the unemployed. Overall unemployment is down on the quarter and the year. In July to September 2013, 2.47 million people aged 16 and over were out of work but seeking and available to work. This was a fall of 48 thousand on the previous quarter and a fall of 48 thousand on the year. 7.6 per cent of the labour force aged 16 and over could not find a job.
Focusing on those people seeking work and claiming benefits principally because they are not in work, in October 2013, 1.31 million people aged 18 and over were claiming Jobseeker’s allowance, a benefit related to looking for work. This was a fall of 42 thousand on the previous month and a fall of 267 thousand on the year and is the lowest number since January 2009.
Now to consider those not employed and not seeking or available to work, which are those not in the labour force. 8.92 million people aged between 16 and 64 were either not looking for work or not available to work in July to September 2013. This was a fall of 69 thousand on the previous quarter and a fall of 149 thousand on the year. Considering the 8.92 million as a share of all people aged 16 to 64, 22.2% of them were not in the labour force.
Returning to look again at employment and this month looking in more detail on the change in the number in employment compared with the previous quarter.
The rise in the number of people in employment on the quarter has been largely driven by an increase in full-time workers for both men and women. For men, the number of full time workers increased by 89 thousand and for women, the number of full time workers increased by 68 thousand. For men the number of part time workers increased by 41 thousand and for women the number decreased by 22 thousand. These changes lead to the number of people in employment increasing by 177 thousand overall in the quarter.
That was the latest on the UK labour market.