- Unemployment is 1,646,000, down 25,000 from last month’s published figure (quarterly headline down 54,000) and the unemployment rate is 4.9%, down 0.1 percentage points on last month and down 0.2 percentage points on last quarter.
- The number of claimant unemployed is 759,116, up 418 on last month, and the claimant rate is 2.2%.
- The number of workless young people (not in employment, full-time education or training) is 1,013,000, down 27,000 on the quarter, representing 14.0% of the youth population (down 0.3 percentage points).
- Youth unemployment (including students) is 617,000, down 13,000 on the quarter.
- There are 2.2 unemployed people per vacancy. Learning and Work Institute estimates this figure may rise next month.
- The employment rate is 74.4% (up 0.2 percentage points on last month’s published figure and up 0.3 percentage points in the preferred quarterly measure).
Chart 1: UK unemployment (ILO)
The latest unemployment figure is 1,646,000. It has fallen by 25,000 from the figure published last month. On the basis of later claimant count figures, Learning and Work Institute estimates that unemployment may rise, although this remains highly uncertain. The unemployment rate fell to 4.9%.
Chart 2: Percentage unemployed not claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance
The proportion of unemployed people not claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance has fallen to 54.6%; (899,000). The number and proportion of unemployed people not claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance had risen since the new Jobseeker’s Allowance sanctions regime started in October 2012.
Chart 3: Youth long-term unemployment (six months and over, 18-24)
Youth long-term unemployment (which can include students) has fallen by 5,000 from last month’s figure and is now 165,000.