Unemployment down 57,000 to 2.51 million

Unemployment decreased by 57,000 between March 2013 and May 2013 to 2.51 million, with the unemployment rate now at 7.8 per cent, today’s labour market statistics reveal.

Unemployment decreased by 57,000 between March 2013 and May 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 March to May 2013 was 71.4 per cent, down 0.1 percentage points from December 2012 to February 2013. There were 29.71 million people in employment aged 16 and over, up 16,000 from December 2012 to February 2013.

  • The unemployment rate for March to May 2013 was 7.8 per cent of the economically active population, down 0.2 percentage points from December 2012 to February 2013. There were 2.51 million unemployed people, down 57,000 from December 2012 to February 2013.

  • The inactivity rate for those aged from 16 to 64 for March to May 2013 was 22.5 per cent, up 0.2 percentage points from December 2012 to February 2013. There were 9.04 million economically inactive people aged from 16 to 64, up 87,000 from December 2012 to February 2013.

  • Between March to May 2012 and March to May 2013 total pay rose by 1.7 per cent and regular pay rose by 1.0 per cent.

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