Unemployment up 70,000 to 2.56 million

Unemployment rose by 70,000 between December 2012 and February 2013 to 2.56 million, and the unemployment rate has risen to 7.9%, today’s labour market statistics reveal.

Unemployment rose by 70,000 between December 2012 and February 2013 to 2.56 million, with the unemployment rate rising to 7.9%, today’s labour market statistics reveal.

The headline figures are:

  • The employment rate for those aged from 16 to 64 for December 2012 to February 2013 was 71.4%, virtually unchanged from September to November 2012. There were 29.70 million people in employment aged 16 and over, little changed (down 2,000) from September to November 2012.

  • The unemployment rate for December 2012 to February 2013 was 7.9% of the economically active population, up 0.2 percentage points from September to November 2012. There were 2.56 million unemployed people, up 70,000 from September to November 2012.

  • The inactivity rate for those aged from 16 to 64 for December 2012 to February 2013 was 22.2% (the lowest since 1991), down 0.2 percentage points from September to November 2012. There were 8.95 million economically inactive people aged from 16 to 64, down 57,000 from September to November 2012.

  • Between December 2011 to February 2012 and December 2012 to February 2013 total pay rose by 0.8% (the lowest growth rate since September to November 2009) and regular pay rose by 1.0% (the lowest growth rate since records began in 2001).

We will have more detailed reaction later today on Left Foot Forward.

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