Overall there were 29.76 million people in work, a rise of 24,000 when comparing February - April 2013 with the previous three months. Looking over a longer time period, employment was up 432,000 on the year. The employment rate, which measures the percentage of people aged 16 to 64 in work, was 71.5%.
For those aged 16 to 64, the employment rate was highest for those aged 35 to 49 at 81.9% and lowest for those aged 16 to 24, at 50.9%. For those aged 65 and over the employment rate stood at 9.5% and the number of people in work within this age group reached over one million for the first time, partly through more people staying on in work and more people of this age group in the population.
Unemployment down 5,000 on the quarter and 88,000 on the year
Turning to unemployment, there was a fall of 5,000 in the number of unemployed people between November – January 2013 and February – April 2013. Compared to a year earlier unemployment was 88,000 lower and there were 2.51 million people who were looking and available to work but unable to find a job. The percentage of the labour force aged 16 and over who were unemployed was 7.8%.
The number of vacancies within the UK continued to rise to reach 516,000 for March to May 2013, the highest since October to December 2008.
A fall in the number of claimants
Comparing May 2013 to a month earlier the number of people claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance fell by 8,600 to stand at 1.51 million and, over the year, was down 87,600. The Claimant Count measures the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) and differs from unemployment as some unemployed people do not claim Jobseeker’s Allowance, for example, a full-time student who is looking for work may be unemployed but would not usually be eligible for the allowance.
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