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UK — Unemployment rises slightly to 7.9%

16 June 2010

The employment rate for the three months to April 2010 was 72.1%, down -0.1 on the quarter. There was a small increase of +5,000 in the number of people in employment compared with the previous quarter to reach 28.86 million.

The number of full-time workers fell by -56,000 over the quarter but the number of part-time workers increased by +61,000. The number of employees and self-employed people working part-time because they could not find a full-time job increased by +45,000 on the quarter to reach 1.08 million, the highest figure since comparable records began in 1992.


The unemployment rate for the three months to April 2010 was 7.9%, up +0.1 on the quarter. The number of unemployed people increased by +23,000 over the quarter to reach 2.47 million. The number of people unemployed for up to six months fell by -42,000, to reach 1.17 million. However, the number of people unemployed for more than twelve months increased by +85,000 over the quarter to reach 772,000, the highest figure since the three months to April 1997. There were 5.2 unemployed people per vacancy, up +0.1 on the quarter.

The number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance (the claimant count) decreased by -30,900 between April and May 2010 to reach 1.48 million. This is the first time the claimant count has been below 1.5 million since March 2009.

The number of claimants of up to six months duration fell by -20,400 on the month to reach 901,200 while the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance for over twelve months increased by +6,500 between April and May to reach 258,700.

The inactivity rate for the three months to April 2010 was 21.5%, up +0.1 on the quarter.

The number of inactive people of working age increased by +29,000 over the quarter to reach a record high of 8.19 million. This is the smallest quarterly increase in inactivity since the three months to October 2009. Most categories of inactivity, including the number of students not in the labour market, fell over the quarter, but the number of people in the 'long-term sick' category increased by +58,000 to reach 2.07 million.

The number of vacancies for the three months to May 2010 was 492,000, up +7,000 over the quarter. All industrial sectors showed small movements in vacancies over the quarter.

The earnings annual growth rate for total pay (including bonuses) was 4.2% for the three months to April 2010, down from 4.3% for the three months to March.
The earnings annual growth rate for regular pay (excluding bonuses) was +1.9% for the three months to April 2010, down from +2.0% for the three months to March 2010.

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