Unemployment down 76,000 to 1.84m

Unemployment decreased by 76,000 in the three months to February 2015 to 1.84 million, with the unemployment rate now at 5.6 per cent, today’s labour market statistics reveal


Unemployment decreased by 76,000 in the three months to February 2015 to 1.84 million, with the unemployment rate now at 5.6 per cent, today’s labour market statistics reveal.

  • Comparing the estimates for the 3 months ending February 2015 with those for September to November 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 31.05 million people in work, 248,000 more than for September to November 2014 and 557,000 more than for a year earlier.
  • The proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 in work (the employment rate) was 73.4%, the highest since comparable records began in 1971.
  • There were 1.84 million unemployed people, 76,000 fewer than for September to November 2014 and 416,000 fewer than for a year earlier.
  • The proportion of the economically active population who were unemployed (the unemployment rate) was 5.6%, lower than for September to November 2014 (5.8%) and for a year earlier (6.9%). The economically active population is those in work plus those seeking and available to work.
  • There were 8.99 million people aged from 16 to 64 who were out of work and not seeking or available to work (known as economically inactive), 104,000 fewer than for September to November 2014 but 11,000 more than for a year earlier.
  • The proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 who were economically inactive (the inactivity rate) was 22.1%, lower than for September to November 2014 (22.4%) but unchanged compared with a year earlier.
  • Comparing the 3 months ending February 2015 with a year earlier, pay for employees in Great Britain increased by 1.7% including bonuses and by 1.8% excluding bonuses.

5 Responses to “Unemployment down 76,000 to 1.84m”

  1. Gerschwin

    Outstanding performance by the Conservative Prime Minister and his team, A* all round for excellence.

  2. Guest

    Hours worked down. Outstanding.
    Wages in trouble. A*.
    Economically inactive up. Excellence.


  3. Gerschwin

    I disagree Leon, I don’t think those things are excellent or outstanding (must say I’m a little surprised that you do, do you really hate the Tories so much you want to see people out of work and suffering? How very sad), I think they’re poor and our outstanding PM and his excellent team need to work on them (although I’m not sure it says that wages are in trouble anywhere there – mine certainly isn’t, I’ve had a pay rise). I’ve no doubt they will however, they’ve done a superb economic job so far. They’ve taken the calamity and disaster of the Brown legacy and turned Britain into the fastest growing economy in Europe, overtaking France in the process and on course to overtake Germany. Employment is up, wages are up, inflation is low – the economy is in safe hands Leon, for another three weeks at least anyhow. After that we may be screwed but that’s depends on whether the Labour Party win or not. Sadly I think they’re probably going to in some shape or form although I think, only think, they’re more intelligent than this website and will resist some of the loonier economic frontage that comes up here. Lets hope so eh Leon?

  4. Guest

    Oh right, you find them amazing and fantastic.

    As you fail to notice sarcasm, showing you’re American. Of course you think hours are too high, wages too high and there’s not enough of the poor thrown away, as you take the recovery under Brown and have made us worse off in some ways than Greece, massively behind France and Germany, where there have been recoveries in wages.

    “Safe” to you means that your 1% are getting it all, right, as you lie about hours worked, lie about wages, ignore the fact we’re deflating, which is terrible and dangerous…

    And yes, your loonie economics needs to be resisted. Your wondernomics has produced rickets in the UK, for instance, then there’s the food banks, the deaths…all the things you glory in having caused, in your leeching off the back of the British.

    Go home, American, follow your own ideology! Don’t come here and object to our democracy, when Labour are only following 99% of the same economic policies… as you say, YOU want people out of work and suffering, and you’ll happily project onto everyone else.

    And of course you’re doing better, working as you are for asset strippers. Paid by the job destroyed, no doubt.

  5. littleoddsandpieces

    There is an old saying, there are lies, damn lies and statistics. Then we go further into politic speak during an election period.

    There is no indication if the figures include the 1 million sanctioned off benefits and not in work.

    What of those neither registered as unemployed nor in receipt of any benefit nor in receipt of the state pension due to the raised retirement age?

    Only in receipt of a small works pension due to the massive austerity job cuts, with worse to come?

    Likely to end up with nil state pension for life from 2016.

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


    Of those employed, how have wages too low to pay income tax. in part time work or full time hours?

    Or even if receiving the minimum wage, which is far below a living wage?

    Of those employed, how many have had their wages dragged below the Lower Earnings Level by the salary sacrifice system (the return of the Truck System from the 19th century).

    So not getting
    automatic National Insurance credits.

    Meaning you are out of the welfare state and getting little or nil state pension for life?

    How many low waged women between
    60 and 66 since 2013 have not received pay out of state pension because of the raised retirement age, which is payable if remain in work or lose work due to austerity job cuts?

    How many low waged men aged between 65 and 66 and 67 or 68 the same, since 2013?

    How many of these employed are on casual contracts, zero hour contracts or short term contracts?

    How many of the economically inactive are those deemed fit for work but obviously not fit enough to work, lost benefit?

    How many disabled declared fit for work, lost DLA on transfer to PIP and on neither JSA nor disability benefit?

    This is not welfare reform.

    The starving have just transferred cost to the NHS from the doctors declaring there has been a huge rise in malnutriton hospital admissions, and GPs talking amongst themselves of the great increase in the hunger sympton in kids or Rickets, effecting bone development.

    Of course there is a small statistic. The pregnant mothers sanctioned off benefit, that causes premature birth on the spot from the fear of nil food money, who then continue to be sanctioned and unable to breast feed their new baby, so in fear of not being able to buy milk.

    Is the new baby threatened with premature birth in these statistics?

    And then, of course, there is no government monitoring of how many have died when declared fit for work and made economically inactive, with the public transparency informed to us.


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