Fall in UK unemployment

Unemployment, measured by the Labour Force survey, fell by 36,000 in the three months to March 2011, to reach 2.46m. This is according to official statistics just released by the Office for National Statistics. This means that the unemployment rate was down 0.1 percentage point on the quarter, to reach 7.7%. The number of men unemployed fell by 31,000 to … Continue reading

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Unemployment and Employment Both Fall

The number of people unemployed between September and November 2009 fell by 7,000 to reach 2.46 million, according to the ONS this morning. Many economists had been expecting a rise in unemployment to about 2.50 million. This is the first quarterly fall in unemployment since the three months to May 2008, and gives an unemployment rate of 7.8%.   However, … Continue reading

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Fall in claimant count unemployment

There was a fall in the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance, otherwise known as the claimant count, in November according to the ONS today. In fact the number fell by 6,300 over the previous month to give a total of 1.63 million out of work. This is the first monthly fall in this measure since February 2008.   The … Continue reading

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UK unemployment has now reached 2.43 million

The number of unemployed people increased by 220,000 in the March to May quarter to reach 2.43m. This was up by 750,000 on the same three months last year. This is according to figures from the Labour Force Survey (LFS), which uses the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) approved method of counting unemployment.   This shows that the unemployment rate on … Continue reading

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UK Unemployment: Largest quarterly increase since 1971

In the three months to May 2009 the number of unemployed people increased by 281,000 over the quarter and by 753,000 over the year, to reach 2.38 million. According to the Office for National Statistics which published these figures this morning, this is the largest quarterly increase in the number of unemployed people since comparable records began in 1971.   … Continue reading

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Largest quarterly fall in employment since records began

The number of people in employment in the UK in the three months to April 2009 was 29.11 million, which was down 271,000 on the quarter and 399,000 over the past year, according to figures just released this morning by the Office for National Statistics. This was the largest quarterly fall in the number of people in employment since comparable … Continue reading

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