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The employment rate for those aged from 16 to 64 for the three months to February 2011 was 70.7 per cent, up 0.2 on the quarter(April 13th)

The number of people in employment aged 16 and over increased by 143,000 on the quarter and by 390,000 on the year to reach 29.23 million. The number of people in employment is 331,000 lower than the pre-recession peak of 29.56 million recorded for the three months to May 2008. The quarterly increase in employment was driven by full-time employment which increased by 140,000 on the quarter to reach 21.30 million. The number of men in full-time employment increased by 95,000 to reach 13.65 million and the number of women in full-time employment increased by 45,000 to reach 7.65 million.

 

The unemployment rate for the three months to February 2011 was 7.8 per cent of the economically active population, down 0.1 on the quarter. The total number of unemployed people fell by 17,000 over the quarter to reach 2.48 million. The number of unemployed men fell by 31,000 on the quarter to reach 1.45 million but the number of unemployed women increased by 14,000 to reach 1.03 million. The number of people unemployed for up to 12 months fell by 29,000 to reach 1.63 million but the number of people unemployed for over 12 months increased by 11,000 to reach 847,000.

The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (the claimant count) increased by 700 between February and March 2011 to reach 1.45 million. The total number of male claimants fell by 4,400 on the month to reach 988,200 in March 2011 but the number of female claimants increased by 5,100 to reach 462,300, the highest figure since October 1996. The number of male claimants has fallen for fourteen consecutive months but the number of female claimants has increased for nine consecutive months.

The inactivity rate for those aged from 16 to 64 for the three months to February 2011 was 23.2 per cent, down 0.2 on the quarter. The number of economically inactive people aged from 16 to 64 fell by 71,000 over the quarter to reach 9.30 million. The number of people who were economically inactive due to long-term illness fell by 48,000 on the quarter to reach 2.17 million.

There were 482,000 vacancies in the three months to March 2011, up 16,000 on the year. Excluding vacancies for Census 2011 temporary jobs, there were 463,000 vacancies, down 3,000 on the year.

The earnings annual growth rate for total pay (including bonuses) was 2.0 per cent for the three months to February 2011, down from 2.3 per cent for the three months to January. This fall in the whole economy annual growth rate was driven by the private sector where the annual growth rate fell from 2.4 per cent to 1.9 per cent. The annual growth rate in the public sector was unchanged at 2.3 per cent. The earnings annual growth rate for regular pay (excluding bonuses) was 2.2 per cent for the three months to February 2011, down from 2.3 per cent for the three months to January.

 

Source: ONS



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Written by Scott Buckler   
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 09:45
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 April 2011 09:47
 

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