Unemployment down 97,000 to 1.86 million

Unemployment decreased by 97,000 in the three months to December 2014 to 1.86 million

Unemployment decreased by 97,000 in the three months to December 2014 to 1.86 million, with the unemployment rate now at 5.7 per cent, today’s labour market statistics reveal.

  • Comparing the estimates for October to December 2014 with those for July to September 2014, employment continued to rise and unemployment continued to fall. These changes maintain the general direction of movement since late 2011/early 2012.
  • There were 30.90 million people in work. This was 103,000 more than for July to September 2014 and 608,000 more than for a year earlier.
  • The proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 in work (the employment rate), was 73.2%, higher than for July to September 2014 (73.0%) and for a year earlier (72.0%). The employment rate last reached 73.2% in December 2004 to February 2005 and, since comparable records began in 1971, it has never been higher.
  • There were 1.86 million unemployed people. This was 97,000 fewer than for July to September 2014 and 486,000 fewer than for a year earlier.
  • The unemployment rate was 5.7%, lower than for July to September 2014 (6.0%) and lower than for a year earlier (7.2%). The unemployment rate is the proportion of the economically active population (those in work plus those seeking and available to work) who were unemployed.
  • There were 9.05 million people aged from 16 to 64 who were out of work and not seeking or available to work (known as economically inactive). This was 22,000 more than for July to September 2014 and 6,000 more than for a year earlier.
  • The proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 who were economically inactive (the inactivity rate) was 22.3%, virtually unchanged compared with July to September 2014 and with a year earlier.
  • Comparing October to December 2014 with a year earlier, pay for employees in Great Britain increased by 2.1% including bonuses and by 1.7% excluding bonuses.
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5 Responses to “Unemployment down 97,000 to 1.86 million”

  1. littleoddsandpieces

    Sorry this is not a feelgood story.

    There are 1 million unemployed without welfare,

    the over 60s are not listed in the unemployment figures even though denied state pension payout and

    there are many folk unemployed but called ‘economically inactive’ not on benefit and not in work.

    And unemployment benefit is only 3 per cent of the Benefits Bill.

    97 per cent of Benefits is to people in work on stagnant wages a decade into the past, and poor pensioners, on the lowest state pension of all rich nations bar poor Mexico so far, far below the breadline on about 4 per cent lowest income.

    People with nil benefits and nil state pension, who face nil state pension for life from 2016.

    See why under my petition, in my WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT section, at:

    https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/state-pension-at-60-now

    And you may care, please, to sign the bigger petition that will be presentet to parliament mid March
    that set me off as I saw that the flat rate state pension was the worse to come:

    http://you.38degrees.org.uk/p/statepensionlaw

  2. Guest

    No, pro-Hamas stories like yours never are.

    One day you might pay attention to the article rather than copy/pasting the same spam though.
    But that’s IMPORTANT to you, it seems.

  3. Leon Wolfeson

    And what % of them are paid the minimum wage? living wage?
    What’s workfare doing?

    Economic inactivity hasn’t changed, which is one of the key figures here!
    And how did wages change, when the top and bottom 1% are excluded?

  4. sarntcrip

    AMAZING ISN’T IT THERE MUST BE MASSIVE ECONOMIC MISMANAGEMENT IF THIS RECORD EMPLOYMENT CONTINUES NOT TO IMPROVE THE TAX TAKE,ONE CAN ONLY ASSUME THAT IF WAGEAND EMPLOYMENT ARE UPAS THE TORIES CLAIM, THERE IS NO NEED FOR CONTINUED CASTIGATION OF THE POOR AND DISABLED BECAUSE IF WHAT WE ARE BEING TOLD IS TRUE GIDEON HAS WORKED HIS MIRACLE AND ALL IN THE GARDEN IS NOW ROSY.SADLY WAGES AREN’T GOING UP YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT IS RISING FAST MAJOR CORPORATIONS ALONG WITH BILLIONAIRES ARE STILL EVADING/AVOIDING TAX PEOPLE IN NEED ARE BEING TURNED DOWN FOR BENEFIT, RECORD NUMBERS ARE BEING SANCTIONED IN SHORT THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE MEDIA ARE COLLUDING IN A HUGE TORY LIE
    OOPS SORRY CAPS LOCK ERROR

  5. sarntcrip

    FOODBANKS ARE STILL OPENING RECORD NUMBERS ARE BEING REFERRED TO THEM

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