Comparing June-August 2013 with a year earlier, there were 279,000 more people in employment, 40,000 fewer unemployed people and 88,000 fewer people not in the labour force (economically inactive).
Employment up 155,000 on the quarter, mainly due to more people working full-time
Comparing June to August 2013 with the previous three months, the number of people in employment increased by 155,000 (to reach 29.87 million), the number of unemployed people fell by 18,000 (to reach 2.49 million) and the number of people not in the labour force aged from 16 to 64 fell by 83,000 (to reach 8.95 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 69,000 (to reach 13.86 million) and the number of women in full-time employment increased by 79,000 (to reach 7.96 million). The number of men in part-time employment increased by 21,000 (to reach 2.12 million) but the number of women in part-time employment fell by 13,000 (to reach 5.93 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 June to August 2013 (the employment rate) was 71.7%, 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 71.7% for June to August 2013.
A further fall in the number of Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants
Comparing September 2013 with a month earlier the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) fell by 41,700 to reach 1.35 million and, over the year, was down 214,500. The number of JSA claimants is the lowest since January 2009. For September 2013 there were 879,000 men and 472,100 women claiming JSA.