Unemployment down 161,000 to 2.6 million

Unemployment decreased by 161,000 in the three months to April 2014 to 2.6 million, with the unemployment rate now at 6.6 per cent, today’s labour market statistics reveal.

Unemployment decreased by 161,000 in the three months to April 2014 to 2.6 million, with the unemployment rate now at 6.6 per cent, today’s labour market statistics reveal.

The headline figures are:

  • There were 30.54 million people in work for February to April 2014, 345,000 more than for November 2013 to January 2014 and 780,000 more than a year earlier.
  • There were 2.16 million unemployed people for February to April 2014, 161,000 fewer than for November 2013 to January 2014 and 347,000 fewer than a year earlier.
  • There were 8.82 million economically inactive people (those out of work but not seeking or available to work) aged from 16 to 64 for February to April 2014. This was 80,000 fewer than for November 2013 to January 2014 and 178,000 fewer than a year earlier.
  • Pay including bonuses for employees in Great Britain for February to April 2014 was 0.7% higher than a year earlier, with pay excluding bonuses 0.9% higher.

6 Responses to “Unemployment down 161,000 to 2.6 million”

  1. Sparky

    Let’s recap on some recent stats.

    1. Unemployment is falling
    2. Industrial output is rising at its fastest rate since Jan 2011

    3. The consumer confidence index is out of negative territory for the first time since 2005.
    4. The British Chamber of Commerce has raised it growth forecasts from 2.8% to 3.2%
    5. Christine Lagarde, head of the IMF, recently admitted on the Andrew Marr show that the growth in UK has “resulted from George Osborne’s policies” and that she was wrong about warning against austerity.

    6. Lagarde also now believes that raising taxes in the UK would be wrong -something Labour want to do.

    Austerity has worked. Labour was wrong. But it can’t change approach now. So expect repeated articles about food banks and energy prices.

  2. Leon Wolfeson

    Yes, it’s working brilliantly for you. Wages are still falling sharply, the City is increasingly dominating the economy, capital is doing brilliantly at workers expense.

    Meanwhile, yes, you’re driving working people to food banks and making record numbers of people turn off their electricity and gas. Hours worked is static, more people are on part-time and zero-hour contracts…

    This is your Britain – 99% poverty, you doing fine. Austerity works for the 1%!
    (And of course it leads to a “need” for bigger cuts, etc.)

    Let’s recap as to why you enjoy starving people so much…while Britain ignores the paucity (indeed, illegally so per the Council of Europe) of the benefits system and the way conditionality is being used as a weapon against the poor….with UC designed to force millions of workers into the same type of grovelling submission.

    Your life’s GREAT!

  3. Sparky

    Now there’s a Newsbot comment, if ever there was one! I’d love to meet you in real life. Maybe we can arrange a meet?

    I’m intrigued -where do you get ‘wages are massively down’? It states in the article that wages are up 0.7%.

  4. Leon Wolfeson

    You’re a bot? Okay, I’ll report your posts. No wonder you’re issuing threats too.

  5. Sparky

    You are bizarre.

  6. Leon Wolfeson

    Thanks for the bot-spam, “sparky”.

    That you haven’t moved onto the next username now you slipped up..*that’s* bizarre. Unattended botting perhaps.

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