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Release: Labour Market Statistics, October 2013

Released: 16 October 2013 Next edition: 13 November 2013
  • The employment rate for those aged from 16 to 64 for June to August 2013 was 71.7%, up 0.3 percentage points from March to May 2013. There were 29.87 million people in employment aged 16 and over, up 155,000 from March to May 2013. 

  • The unemployment rate for June to August 2013 was 7.7% of the economically active population, down 0.1 percentage points from March to May 2013. There were 2.49 million unemployed people, down 18,000 from March to May 2013. 

  • The inactivity rate for those aged from 16 to 64 for June to August 2013 was 22.2%, down 0.2 percentage points from March to May 2013. There were 8.95 million economically inactive people aged from 16 to 64, down 83,000 from March to May 2013. 

  • Between June to August 2012 and June to August 2013 total pay rose by 0.7% and regular pay rose by 0.8%.

This release contains the latest estimates of labour market statistics (including employment, unemployment and economic inactivity) for the United Kingdom. There is a pdf version of the Statistical Bulletin which includes summary data tables. Further information is available from the labour market statistics page on this website.

There is a separate release on this website for  Regional Labour Market Statistics More detailed Labour Market statistics, particularly at regional and local area level, are available on the NOMIS website .

There is an article on the website to help users interpret labour market statistics and highlight some common misunderstandings. A more detailed Guide to Labour Market Statistics is also available.

Articles about labour market statistics were published in Labour Market Trends (up until 2006) and in Economic and Labour Market Review (from 2006 to 2007). Editions of Labour Market Trends are available on the website from July 2001 until December 2006 when the publication was discontinued. It was replaced by  Economic and Labour Market Review , which also included articles about labour market statistics. Editions of Economic and Labour Market Review are available on the website from the first edition, published in January 2007, up until the last edition published in May 2011.

The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

Designation can be broadly interpreted to mean that the statistics:

  • meet identified user needs;
  • are well explained and readily accessible;
  • are produced according to sound methods; and
  • are managed impartially and objectively in the public interest.

Once statistics have been designated as National Statistics it is a statutory requirement that the Code of Practice shall continue to be observed.

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