Unemployment down 133,000 to 2.21 million

Unemployment decreased by 133,000 from January to March 2014 to 2.21 million, with the unemployment rate now at 6.8 per cent, today’s labour market statistics reveal.

Unemployment decreased by 133,000 from January to March 2014 to 2.21 million, with the unemployment rate now at 6.8 per cent, today’s labour market statistics reveal.

The headline figures are:

  • There were 30.43 million people in work for January to March 2014, 283,000 more than for October to December 2013 and 722,000 more than a year earlier. These increases in employment are partly due to more self-employed people.
  • There were 2.21 million unemployed people for January to March 2014, 133,000 fewer than for October to December 2013 and 309,000 fewer than a year earlier.
  • There were 8.85 million economically inactive people (those out of work but not seeking or available to work) aged from 16 to 64 for January to March 2014. This was 85,000 fewer than for October to December 2013 and 155,000 fewer than a year earlier.
  • Pay including bonuses for employees in Great Britain for January to March 2014 was 1.7% higher than a year earlier, with pay excluding bonuses 1.3% higher.

6 Responses to “Unemployment down 133,000 to 2.21 million”

  1. Selohesra

    More good news! – unless your name is Ed

  2. George O'McEnglish

    And who says the recovery is just for the few? Looks like the Tories are delivering a fairer and more prosperous society for everyone….

  3. swatnan

    No thanks to the wrecking efforts of Osborne and Balls.
    Well done the Business Community that just got on with it.

  4. Sparky

    I wonder what goes through James Bloodworth’s mind every time positive data comes out.

  5. sarntcrip

    A RECOVERY FOR BILLIONAIRES ANDHEDGEFUND BOSSESTHE ORDINARY MAN ON THE CLAPHAM OMNIBUS RECOGNISES NO IMPROVEMENTJUST LESS INCOME, MORE WORKING HOURS AND INCREASING OUTGOINGS

  6. Guest

    He looks at all the facts, not just those favourable to Gideon and co.

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