The number of persons in employment in April 2013 was up by 137,000 (+0.3 percent) on March 2013, which was due to the usual spring upturn. On an average of the last five years, the growth had amounted to 152,000 people. After seasonal adjustment, that is, after the elimination of the usual seasonal fluctuations, the number increased just slightly by 6,000 in April 2013 (March 2013: +27,000 people or +0.1 percent) compared with the previous month.
The number of unemployed amounted to 2.26 million in April 2013. It was up by 41,000 persons or 1.8 percent on April 2012. Compared with March 2013, the number of unemployed decreased by 105,000 people or 4.6 percent. When adjusted for seasonal and irregular effects, the number of unemployed has remained unchanged at 2.29 million since September 2012. The adjusted unemployment rate has stood at 5.4 percent since August 2012.