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Release: Labour Market Statistics, March 2012

Released: 14 March 2012 Next edition: 18 April 2012
  • The employment rate for those aged from 16 to 64 was 70.3 per cent, unchanged on the quarter. There were 29.12 million people in employment aged 16 and over, up 9,000 on the quarter. The unemployment rate was 8.4 per cent of the economically active population, up 0.1 on the quarter. There were 2.67 million unemployed people, up 28,000 on the quarter. The unemployment rate has not been higher since 1995. The inactivity rate for those aged from 16 to 64 was 23.1 per cent, down 0.1 on the quarter. There were 9.30 million economically inactive people aged from 16 to 64, down 27,000 on the quarter.

  • Total pay (including bonuses) rose by 1.4 per cent on a year earlier, down 0.5 on the three months to December 2011. Regular pay (excluding bonuses) rose by 1.7 per cent on a year earlier, down 0.3 on the three months to December 2011.

There is a pdf version of the Statistical Bulletin including summary data tables.

There is a separate release for Regional Labour Market Statistics.

There is a separate release for Public Sector Employment Statistics.

There is an article on the Labour Market Articles and Reports page of the website explaining improvements to estimates of workforce jobs.

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