Labour market Live

  • Unemployment is 1,530,000, is down by 11,000 from last month’s published figure (quarterly headline reduced by 50,000) and the unemployment rate is 4.6%, no change on last month and down 0.1 percentage points on last quarter.
  • The number of claimant unemployed is 802,600, up 26,600 on last year, and the claimant rate is 2.3%.
  • The number of workless young people (not in employment, full-time education or training) is 953,000, down 50,000 on the quarter, representing 13.4% of the youth population (down 0.7 percentage points).
  • Youth unemployment (including students) is 564,000, up 10,000 on the quarter.
  • There are 2.0 unemployed people per vacancy. Learning and Work Institute estimates this figure may rise next month.
  • The employment rate is 74.8% (no change on last month’s published figure and up 0.2 percentage points in the preferred quarterly measure).