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Release: Labour Market Statistics, July 2012

Released: 18 July 2012 Next edition: 15 August 2012
  • The employment rate for those aged from 16 to 64 was 70.7 per cent, up 0.3 on the quarter. There were 29.35 million people in employment aged 16 and over, up 181,000 on the quarter.

  • The unemployment rate was 8.1 per cent of the economically active population, down 0.2 on the quarter. There were 2.58 million unemployed people, down 65,000 on the quarter.

  • The inactivity rate for those aged from 16 to 64 was 22.9 per cent, down 0.2 on the quarter. There were 9.21 million economically inactive people aged from 16 to 64, down 61,000 on the quarter.

  • Total pay (including bonuses) rose by 1.5 per cent on a year earlier, up 0.1 on the three months to April 2012. Regular pay (excluding bonuses) rose by 1.8 per cent on a year earlier, unchanged on the three months to April 2012.

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. There is a short video explaining these figures.

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.

NOTE (27 July 2012): ONS has discovered an error affecting recent releases of employment statistics. This relates to estimates of people on government-supported training and employment programmes. This series feeds into the headline employment series and is published at Table 3 of the PDF version of the Labour Market Statistical Bulletin and at data table EMP01 (1.22 Mb Excel sheet) .

The figures for the period November 2011-January 2012 onwards for people on these programmes are likely to be revised upwards. The quarterly increase in this series between December 2011-February 2012 and March-May 2012 is expected to be revised downwards.

ONS will correct this error in the next Labour Market Statistical Bulletin to be published on 15 August 2012, along with other pre-planned revisions.

ONS apologises for this error.

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