UK unemployment rises to 2.53 million

In the three months to January 2011, unemployment reached 2.53 million, which is the highest figure since 1994, according to figures from the ONS. This means that the unemployment rate has reached 8%, up 0.1% from the previous three-monthly period, as an additional 27,000 people lost their jobs. However, by contrast, the numbers claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (the claimant count) actually … Continue reading

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UK unemployment increases again

More bad news! Unemployment has risen, following on from yesterday’s rise in prices. Unemployment rose by 44,000 to reach almost 2.5 million in the three months to the end of December, according to statistics published by the Office for National Statistics earlier today. This gave an unemployment rate of 7.9%, which was up 0.1% on the quarter. The unemployment rate … Continue reading

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Small drop in unemployment

In the three months to September, the total number of people unemployed fell by 9,000 to reach 2.45 million. This gave an unemployment rate of 7.1% which was 0.1% down on the quarter. The picture is similar when we look at those claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (also called the claimant count), with a fall of 3,700 between September and October, to … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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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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Unemployment reaches 2.2 million

In the first quarter of 2009 the number of unemployed in the UK increased by 244,000 on the previous quarter, and 592,000 on the same quarter of 2008, to reach 2.2 million. The unemployment rate rose by 0.8% over the previous quarter and 1.8% over the year to reach 7.1%.   The other measure of unemployment which looks at those … Continue reading

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