Headline unemployment falls but what lies beneath the figures?

In the three months to December, unemployment fell by 3,000 on the previous three months, to total 2.46 million. This gave an unchanged unemployment rate of 7.8%. There was also good news on the vacancies front, as these rose by 49,000 to 479,000. At the same time redundancies fell in the final quarter of 2009 by 36,000 on the previous … Continue reading

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UK unemployment may have reached its peak

In the three months to September the number of people unemployed in the UK rose by only 30,000 when compared with the three months to June. This was the lowest increase for 16 months. According to the Office for National Statistics there were 2.46m people out of work in the quarter as measured by the Labour Force Survey. In fact, … Continue reading

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Fall in UK unemployment

With unemployment popularly expected to peak above three million, most commentators were surprised by one measure of unemployment showing a tiny fall over the three months to the end of August. In fact, according to the Office for National Statistics, there were 2.469m unemployed between June and August, which was slightly fewer than the 2.47m recorded between May and July. … Continue reading

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Unemployment continues to worsen, but at a slower rate

The number of people unemployed in the UK rose by 210,000 to 2.47 million in the April-June quarter. This was the highest quarterly unemployment figure since the three months to November 1996. There was an increase of 743,000 over the past 12 months in the numbers unemployed.. This means that the unemployment rate increased by 0.7 over the previous quarter … 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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