UK Unemployment Rate Rises Unexpectedly


In the three months to December of 2013, UK’s jobless rate surprisingly rose to 7.2 percent, after falling to 7.1 percent from September to November. In the same period, unemployment fell by 125K to 2.34 million and both youth and long-term unemployment rate declined.

The employment rate was 72.1 percent, up by 0.3 percentage points from July to September 2013 and up 0.6 from a year earlier. There were 30.15 million people in employment aged 16 and over, up 193,000 from July to September 2013 and up 396,000 from a year earlier.

The economic inactivity rate was 22.1 percent, little changed from July to September 2013 and from a year earlier.

Between December 2013 and January 2014 the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance fell by 27,600 to reach 1.22 million, the lowest figure since December 2008. Between January 2013 and January 2014 the number of claimants fell by 327,600, the largest annual fall since March 1998.

Average weekly earnings, including bonus payments, rose by 1.1 percent comparing October to December 2013 with the same period a year earlier. In December 2013 employees in Great Britain earned, on average, £478 a week including bonuses (and £450 a week excluding bonuses) before tax and other deductions from pay.

UK Unemployment Rate Rises Unexpectedly


ONS | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
2/19/2014 10:34:42 AM