U.K. Unemployment Rate at 7.7% in April


U.K. unemployment rate for the three months to April 2011 was 7.7 per cent of the economically active population, down 0.3 on the quarter. The total number of unemployed people fell by 88,000 over the quarter to reach 2.43 million. This is the largest quarterly fall in unemployment since the three months to August 2000.

The number of people unemployed for up to 12 months fell by 72,000 over the quarter to reach 1.60 million. The number of people unemployed for over 12 months fell by 16,000 to reach 829,000, but the number of people unemployed for over 24 months increased by 39,000 to reach 385,000. The quarterly fall in unemployment occurred mainly among people aged from 16 to 24. The number of unemployed people in this age group fell by 79,000 over the quarter to reach 895,000, the lowest figure since the three months to April 2009.

The employment rate for those aged from 16 to 64 for the three months to April 2011 was 70.6 per cent, up 0.1 on the quarter. The number of people in employment aged 16 and over increased by 80,000 on the quarter and by 376,000 on the year to reach 29.24 million. The number of people in employment is 333,000 lower than the pre-recession peak of 29.57 million recorded for the three months to May 2008.

The number of employees and self-employed people working part-time because they could not find a full-time job increased by 46,000 on the quarter to reach 1.21 million, the highest figure since comparable records began in 1992.

The number of people in employed in the public sector fell by 24,000 over the quarter to reach 6.16 million but the number of people employed in the private sector increased by 104,000 over the quarter to reach 23.08 million.


TradingEconomics.com, UK Office for National Statistics
6/15/2011 1:17:35 PM