Unemployment down 161,000 to 2.6 million

Unemployment decreased by 161,000 in the three months to April 2014 to 2.6 million, with the unemployment rate now at 6.6 per cent, today’s labour market statistics reveal.

Unemployment decreased by 161,000 in the three months to April 2014 to 2.6 million, with the unemployment rate now at 6.6 per cent, today’s labour market statistics reveal.

The headline figures are:

  • There were 30.54 million people in work for February to April 2014, 345,000 more than for November 2013 to January 2014 and 780,000 more than a year earlier.
  • There were 2.16 million unemployed people for February to April 2014, 161,000 fewer than for November 2013 to January 2014 and 347,000 fewer than a year earlier.
  • There were 8.82 million economically inactive people (those out of work but not seeking or available to work) aged from 16 to 64 for February to April 2014. This was 80,000 fewer than for November 2013 to January 2014 and 178,000 fewer than a year earlier.
  • Pay including bonuses for employees in Great Britain for February to April 2014 was 0.7% higher than a year earlier, with pay excluding bonuses 0.9% higher.
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