The number of jobless people in
the UK fell by 46,000 to 2.56m in the three months to June 2012, according to
the Office for National Statistics (ONS) today. The unemployment rate fell to
8.0% in the period, down from 8.2% in the previous quarter.
The lead up the London Olympics are seen as having had an impact on the
The ONS said that the employment rate for those aged from 16 to 64 for the
three months to May 2012 was 71.0 per cent. This is the highest figure since the three months to May 2009 and it
is up 0.4 percentage points on the previous quarter. The number of people in employment aged 16 and
over increased by 201,000 on the quarter to reach 29.48m, the largest quarterly increase
since the three months to July 2010. The number of people in employment was 96,000 lower than
the pre-recession peak of 29.57m recorded for March-May 2008.
The number of full-time workers increased by 130,000 to reach 21.41m
and the number of part-time workers increased by 71,000 to reach 8.07m, the highest figure
since comparable records began in 1992. The number of employees and self-employed people who were
working part-time because they could not find a full-time job increased by 16,000 on the
quarter to reach 1.42m, the highest figure since comparable records began in 1992.
The unemployment rate for the three months to June 2012 was 8.0 per cent of
the economically active population, down 0.2 on the quarter.
The CBI, Britain's
main business lobbying group, today commented on the latest official labour
market data, showing that employment rose by 201,000 in the three months to
June, while unemployment fell by 46,000. The number of people claiming
Jobseekers Allowance fell by 5,900.
Neil Carberry, CBI
director for Employment and Skills, said: “This latest labour market data
continues the trend of robust performance, given the recent GDP figures.
Alongside a rise in overall employment, it’s particularly pleasing to see more
people are finding full-time jobs.
“The overall high
level of unemployment, especially among young people leaving education, remains
a significant challenge. We also need to ensure that the private sector can
create jobs across the UK, as the numbers point to a wide variation in regional
“These need to be
areas of particular focus for the Government in the autumn.”
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