Unemployment down 5,000 to 2.51 million

Unemployment decreased by 5,000 between February 2013 and April 2013 to 2.51 million, with the unemployment rate rising to 7.8 per cent, today’s labour market statistics reveal.

Unemployment decreased by 5,000 between February 2013 and April 2013 to 2.51 million, with the unemployment rate now at 7.8 per cent, today’s labour market statistics reveal.

The headline figures are:

  • The employment rate for those aged from 16 to 64 for February to April 2013 was 71.5%, down 0.1 percentage points from November 2012 to January 2013. There were 29.76 million people in employment aged 16 and over, up 24,000 from November 2012 to January 2013.

  • The unemployment rate for February to April 2013 was 7.8% of the economically active population, unchanged from November 2012 to January 2013. There were 2.51 million unemployed people, down 5,000 from November 2012 to January 2013.

  • The inactivity rate for those aged from 16 to 64 for February to April 2013 was 22.4%, up 0.1 percentage points from November 2012 to January 2013. There were 8.99 million economically inactive people aged from 16 to 64, up 40,000 from November 2012 to January 2013.

  • Between February to April 2012 and February to April 2013 total pay rose by 1.3% and regular pay rose by 0.9%.

We will have more detailed reaction later today on Left Foot Forward.

One Response to “Unemployment down 5,000 to 2.51 million”

  1. Peter Garrard

    The coalition will crow about these figures – quite wrongly. They show very little progress. In the last year, the economy has not recovered and the “claimant count” – those receiving job seekers allowance and being funded by the taxpayer – has only fallen 6%. That means 1.5m people who could be working, and are receiving large amounts of public funds. Much of the growth is jobs for older people – because we can’t afford to retire; youth unemployment is horrendous and the long term unemployment rate remains high.

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