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Unemployment goes down!!

The Government has welcomed today’s fall in unemployment but has warned that there is a long way to go in securing the recovery, dealing with the deficit and generating sustainable job growth.

Employment Minister Chris Grayling said:

“There is still a huge amount of work to do to revitalise the economy and create an environment where businesses are growing and employing people again.

“What concerns me in today’s figures is that while there are more jobs in the economy there is too little evidence of them being taken up by the five million people who were stranded on out-of-work benefits under the previous Government. While there are fewer people on Jobseeker’s Allowance this month, the numbers claiming other benefits remains stubbornly high, and many of these people have been dependent on benefits for years….”

Labour market statistics: July 2010

This month’s Labour Force Survey covers March 2010 to May 2010.

The number of people in work rose this quarter

  • 28.98 million people were in work in March to May.
  • The employment level in March-May was 160,000 higher than in the previous three months,
  • The employment rate is 72.3%, up 0.3 on the quarter but down 0.6 percentage points on the year.

JSA claimants fell this month but 5 million people still claiming one of the main out-of-work benefits:

  • Claimant unemployment was 1,46m in June 2010, down 20.8 thousand on the level in May,
  • Claimant unemployment rate, is 4.5%, down 0.1 percentage points on the month


  • The numbers claiming incapacity benefits remains broadly stable at 2.62 million

Lone Parents

Provisional figures for May 2010 suggests the number receiving lone parent benefits has fallen from 695,000 in November 2009 to 675,000.

ILO unemployment has fallen this quarter

  • 2.47 million people were ILO unemployed in the March to May quarter, down by 34,000 on the December to February period
  • the ILO unemployment rate is 7.8%,

Economic inactivity

  • Economic inactivity level is 8.10 million, down 62,000 on the quarter but up 180 thousand on the year.
  • Economic inactivity rate is 21.3%,

The rise in inactivity is partly the result of more inactive students.  Excluding students, inactivity as a proportion of the working age population is 15.4%, up 0.1 percentage points over the last year.

The number of vacancies rose this quarter and the number of redundancies is broadly flat

* There were 160,000 redundancies in March to May, down 2 thousand on the previous quarter and down 144,000 on the previous year.

* ONS’s vacancy survey estimates an average of 486,000 unfilled vacancies in the three months to June 2010, up 10 thousand on the quarter and up 52 thousand on the year.

The full figures

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