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UK — Unemployment slightly up by 0.3%

15 October 2009

According to the latest data published by the Office for National Statistics the UK unemployment rate was 7.9% for the three months to August 2009. This is up 0.3 percentage points from the previous three months and up 2.1 percentage points on the year. The number of unemployed people was 2.47 million, up 88,000 from the previous three months and up 677,000 over the year.

The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance benefit in September 2009 was 1.63 million. It is up 20,800 from the revised figure for August 2009 and up 670,100 on the year.


In the three months to August 2009, 233,000 people became redundant in the three months prior to the Labour Force Survey interviews. This is down 68,000 on the previous three months but up 85,000 on the year.

The working age employment rate for the three months to August 2009 was 72.6%, down 0.3 percentage points from the previous three months and down 1.8 percentage points on the year. The total number of people in employment fell by 45,000 over the previous three months and by 467,000 over the year to reach 28.95 million. The number of hours worked per week fell by 14.3 million on the quarter to reach 904.5 million.

The number of manufacturing employee jobs in the three months to August 2009 was 2.63 million. This is the lowest figure since comparable records began in 1978 and it is down 223,000 (7.8%) over the year.

There were 434,000 job vacancies in the three months to September 2009, unchanged from the previous three months but down 163,000 compared with the previous year.

The economic inactivity rate for people of working age was 21.0% for the three months to August 2009. This is up 0.1 percentage point both on the previous three months and on the year. The number of inactive people of working age rose by 50,000 from the previous three months and by 80,000 over the year to reach 7.97 million.

Average earnings, excluding bonuses, increased by 1.9% in the three months to August 2009 compared with the previous year. The excluding bonuses growth rate is the lowest since comparable records began in 2001. Average earnings, including bonuses, increased by 1.6% over the same period.

In the three months to August 2009, manufacturing productivity decreased by 2.2% compared with the same period a year earlier. Manufacturing unit wage costs rose by 3.5% compared with the same period a year earlier.

In August 2009, there were 36,000 working days lost due to labour disputes from 8 stoppages.

To read the full Labour Market Statistics report please click here

 

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