Unemployment down 24,000 to 2.49 million

Unemployment decreased by 24,000 between May 2013 and July 2013 to 2.51 million, with the unemployment rate now at 7.7 per cent, today’s labour market statistics reveal.

Unemployment decreased by 24,000 between May 2013 and July 2013 to 2.51 million, with the unemployment rate now at 7.7 per cent, today’s labour market statistics reveal.

The headline figures are:

  • The employment rate for those aged from 16 to 64 for May to July 2013 was 71.6%, up 0.2 percentage points from February to April 2013. There were 29.84 million people in employment aged 16 and over, up 80,000 from February to April 2013.

  • The unemployment rate for May to July 2013 was 7.7% of the economically active population, down 0.1 percentage points from February to April 2013. There were 2.49 million unemployed people, down 24,000 from February to April 2013.

  • The inactivity rate for those aged from 16 to 64 for May to July 2013 was 22.3%, down 0.1 percentage points from February to April 2013. There were 8.96 million economically inactive people aged from 16 to 64, down 33,000 from February to April 2013.

  • Between May to July 2012 and May to July 2013 total pay rose by 1.1% and regular pay rose by 1.0%.

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