Jobless numbers in the UK fell by 125,000 to 2.34m in the three
months to December 2013, according to the latest estimates. The rate of
unemployment was at 7.2%.
for National Statistics [pdf] also said more women were in work than at
any time since records began, at just over 14m. Meanwhile, average earnings
increased by 1.1% in the year to December, a 0.2% increase on the previous
For October to December 2013, 77.1% of men aged from 16 to 64
were in work, up from 76.6% a year earlier and 75.4% two years earlier, but
lower than before the 2008-09 downturn. For October to December 2013, 67.2% of
women aged from 16 to 64 were in work (the highest figure on record), up from
66.5% a year earlier and 65.4% two years earlier. Chart 2A above shows the
employment rates for men and women aged from 16 to 64 since records began in
The ONS data shows that 193,000 more people were in work between
October and December, compared to the previous three months. hat means overall employment now stands at more than 30m, a rate of
72.1%, which is an increase of 0.6% on a year ago.
The number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance fell by
27,600 in January to 1.22m, its 15th consecutive monthly drop.
According to the ONS, the rate of unemployment in the three months to
December fell by 0.4% on the previous quarter, bringing it to 7.2%.
Nick Palmer, the ONS's senior labour market statistician,
commented: "The main conclusion that should be drawn from these latest figures
is that the rate at which unemployment has been falling is likely to have slowed
The number of people in part-time jobs now stands at 1.4m, a fall
of 29,000 over the latest quarter, but 46,000 higher than a year ago.
Comparing October to December 2013 with a year earlier:
There were 396,000 more people in employment;
There were 161,000 fewer unemployed people;
There were 23,000 fewer economically inactive people aged
from 16 to 64.
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