UK Unemployment Rate Falls to 7.7%

The unemployment rate for the three months to March 2011 was 7.7 per cent of the economically active population, down 0.1 on the quarter.

The total number of unemployed people fell by 36,000 over the quarter to reach 2.46 million.

The number of unemployed men fell by 31,000 on the quarter to reach 1.43 million and the number of unemployed women fell by 5,000 to reach 1.03 million.

The number of people unemployed for up to 12 months fell by 56,000 to reach 1.61 million but the number of people unemployed for over 12 months increased by 20,000 to reach 850,000, the highest figure since the three months to January 1997., UK Office for National Statistics
5/18/2011 6:34:22 PM