Unemployment down 102,000 to 1.86 million

Unemployment decreased by 102,000 in the three months to January 2015

Unemployment decreased by 102,000 in the three months to January 2015 to 1.86 million, with the unemployment rate now at 5.7 per cent, today’s labour market statistics reveal.

The key points from today’s statastics are:

  • Comparing the estimates for the three months ending January 2015 with those for August to October 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 30.94 million people in work, 143,000 more than for August to October 2014 and 617,000 more than for a year earlier.
  • There were 22.64 million people working full-time, 481,000 more than for a year earlier. There were 8.30 million people working part-time, 137,000 more than for a year earlier.
  • The proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 in work (the employment rate) was 73.3%, the highest since comparable records began in 1971.
  • There were 1.86 million unemployed people, 102,000 fewer than for August to October 2014 and 479,000 fewer than for a year earlier.
  • The proportion of the economically active population who were unemployed (the unemployment rate) was 5.7%, lower than for August to October 2014 (6.0%) and for a year earlier (7.2%). The economically active population is those in work plus those seeking and available to work.
  • There were 9.03 million people aged from 16 to 64 who were out of work and not seeking or available to work (known as economically inactive), 30,000 fewer than for August to October 2014 but 14,000 more than for a year earlier.
  • The proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 who were economically inactive (the inactivity rate) was 22.2%, little changed compared with August to October 2014 and with a year earlier.
  • Comparing the three months ending January 2015 with a year earlier, pay for employees in Great Britain increased by 1.8% including bonuses and by 1.6% excluding bonuses.
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