Overview:

  • designed to reflect the various aspects of labour market activity in the UK

  • the Labour Force Survey (LFS) is the main source of data

  • published on a monthly basis

Labour market statistics are designed to reflect the various aspects of labour market activity in the UK. Statistics cover employment, unemployment and the Claimant Count, economic inactivity, redundancies, earnings, jobs, vacancies, labour productivity and labour disputes.

We publish a set of labour market statistics on a monthly basis for the UK as a whole and for each country and region of Great Britain. Data for Northern Ireland are published by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment in Northern Ireland.

Labour Market estimates come from a wide variety of sources. The Labour Force Survey (LFS) is the main source of data, and provides estimates of employment, unemployment, economic activity and inactivity, hours worked and redundancies. Business surveys are also used to compile data on workforce jobs, vacancies, average weekly earnings and labour disputes. Much of the data is produced using concepts and definitions set out by the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

The main users of labour market data include government and the Bank of England, who use the data to make and monitor government policies. There are also a wide variety of other users such as businesses, national and local government, academia, and the general public.

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