The trend in the employment rate is falling while the trend in the unemployment rate is flat. There has been a further fall in the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance benefit. The trend in the inactivity rate is increasing. The number of job vacancies has increased. Growth in average earnings excluding bonuses has increased but growth in average earnings including bonuses has fallen.
The employment rate for people of working age was 74.3 per cent for the three months ending in March 2007, down 0.2 from the previous quarter and down 0.3 on the year.
The number of people in employment for the three months ending in March 2007 was 28.98 million, down 55,000 over the quarter but up 93,000 over the year. This quarterly fall in total employment was largely due to fewer women in part-time employment. Total hours worked per week were 927.1 million, up 1.3 million over the quarter and up 2.8 million over the year.