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UK - Highest unemployment since 1994

14 December 2011

The employment rate for those aged from 16 to 64 for the three months to October 2011 was 70.3 %, down -0.2 percentage points on the quarter. The number of people in employment aged 16 and over fell by -63,000 on the quarter and by -14,000 on the year to reach 29.11 million, according to the latest statistics, published today, by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The number of employees fell by -252,000 over the quarter to reach 24.77 million. The number of self-employed people increased by +166,000 on the quarter to reach 4.14 million. This is the highest number of self-employed people since comparable records began in 1992. The number of people in other categories of employment increased by 23,000 over the quarter to reach 201,000.

The number of people employed in the public sector fell by -67,000 between June and September 2011 to reach 5.99 million, the lowest figure since September 2003. The number of people employed in the private sector increased by +5,000 on the quarter to reach 23.12 million.

The unemployment rate for the three months to October 2011 was 8.3% of the economically active population, up +0.4 on the quarter. The last time the unemployment rate was higher was in the three months to January 1996. The total number of unemployed people increased by +128,000 over the quarter to reach 2.64 million.

The number of unemployed people has not been higher since the three months to September 1994. The unemployment rate for people aged from 16 to 24 increased by +1.2 percentage points over the quarter to reach 22.0% of the economically active population for that age group. The number of unemployed people aged from 16 to 24 increased by +54,000 over the quarter to reach 1.03 million. This figure includes 297,000 people in full-time education who were looking for part-time work.

The unemployment level and rate for people aged from 16 to 24 are the highest since directly comparable records began in 1992. However, earlier data, calculated on a slightly different basis, indicates that the level of youth unemployment was higher in the mid-1980s.

The inactivity rate for those aged from 16 to 64 for the three months to October 2011 was 23.2%, down -0.1 on the quarter. The number of economically inactive people aged from 16 to 64 fell by -54,000 over the quarter to reach 9.33 million. 

This quarterly fall in economic inactivity mainly occurred among women. The inactivity rate for women aged from 16 to 64 fell by -0.2 percentage points over the quarter to reach 29.1%, the lowest figure since comparable records began in1971.

There were 1.6 million people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) in November 2011, up +3,000 on October. The number of people claiming JSA for up to six months fell by -14,000 between October and November to reach 946,800.

The whole economy earnings annual growth rate for total pay (including bonuses) fell by -0.3 percentage points between the three months to September 2011 and the three months to October to reach 2.0%. The annual growth rate for the private sector fell from 2.4% to 2.1% and the public sector growth rate fell from 2.3% to 2.1%. The whole economy earnings annual growth rate for regular pay (excluding bonuses) increased by +0.1 percentage point to reach 1.8% in the three months to October 2011.

To read the full statistics please click here http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/dcp171778_245812.pdf

To watch a video on the statistics please click here http://www.youtube.com/onsstats

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