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UK – Employment levels rise

16 October 2013

Between June and August 2013 the employment rate rose by +0.3% to 70.7% of those aged between 16 and 64, according to the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS). Subsequently, the unemployment rate dropped by -0.2% to 7.7%, compared with the same period last year.

During the three month period, there were an additional 279,000 people in employment, and 40,000 fewer unemployed people compared with a year ago.

Over the year the regions with the largest increase in the employment rate were the South East with an increase of +1.8%, followed by Scotland at +1.6% and Yorkshire and The Humber at +1.5 %. The regions with the largest decrease in the employment rate were the North West with a decrease of -1.6% and the North East with a decrease of -1.4%. 

The region with the highest unemployment rate in Great Britain was the North East at 10.3% followed by the West Midlands at 9.4% and Yorkshire and The Humber at 8.8%. The regions with the lowest unemployment rate were the East of England at 5.9%, followed by the South East at 6% and the South West at 6.3%.

Over the year the regions with the largest changes in the unemployment rate were Scotland with a decrease of -0.8%, the West Midlands with an increase of -0.8% and the East of England with a decrease of -0.7%.

Commenting on today’s unemployment figures, Kevin Green, CEO of the REC, commented: “today’s figures show more jobs being created and that both the recovery and business confidence are strengthening. This positive trend reflects the data we get from recruiters that shows the jobs market continues to pick up momentum.”

“New employment minister Ester McVey points out the importance of flexible working in the labour market with more than four-out-of-five with part-time jobs choosing to work in this way. It’s important that politicians from all the major parties don’t undermine our dynamic flexible jobs market with more regulation as our labour market starts to lift off,” he concluded.  

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