Unemployment is 2,243,000, down 83,000 from last month’s published figure (quarterly headline down 77,000) and the unemployment rate is 6.9%, down 0.3 percentage points on last month and down 0.3 percentage points on last quarter. The number of claimant unemployed is 1,142,000, down 30,400 on last month, and the claimant rate is 3.4%. The number of workless young people (not in employment, full-time education or training) is 1,255,000, down 40,000 on the quarter, representing 17.4% of the youth population (down 0.5 percentage points). Youth unemployment (including students) is 881,000, down 38,000 on the quarter. There are 3.8 unemployed people per vacancy. The employment rate is 72.6% (up 0.3 percentage points on last month’s published figure and up 0.5 percentage points in the preferred quarterly measure).