Unemployment down 133,000 to 2.21 million

Unemployment decreased by 133,000 from January to March 2014 to 2.21 million, with the unemployment rate now at 6.8 per cent, today’s labour market statistics reveal.

Unemployment decreased by 133,000 from January to March 2014 to 2.21 million, with the unemployment rate now at 6.8 per cent, today’s labour market statistics reveal.

The headline figures are:

  • There were 30.43 million people in work for January to March 2014, 283,000 more than for October to December 2013 and 722,000 more than a year earlier. These increases in employment are partly due to more self-employed people.
  • There were 2.21 million unemployed people for January to March 2014, 133,000 fewer than for October to December 2013 and 309,000 fewer than a year earlier.
  • There were 8.85 million economically inactive people (those out of work but not seeking or available to work) aged from 16 to 64 for January to March 2014. This was 85,000 fewer than for October to December 2013 and 155,000 fewer than a year earlier.
  • Pay including bonuses for employees in Great Britain for January to March 2014 was 1.7% higher than a year earlier, with pay excluding bonuses 1.3% higher.
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