UK Unemployment Falls to 6.6%


In the three months to April 2014, the UK jobless rate decreased to 6.6 percent from 6.8 percent in the previous period. It is the lowest rate since early 2009 as employment surged.

Comparing February to April 2014 with November 2013 to January 2014, the number of people in employment increased by 345,000 (to 30.54 million), the number of unemployed people fell by 161,000 (to 2.16 million) and the number of people not in the labour force (economically inactive) aged from 16 to 64 fell by 80,000 (to 8.82 million). 

72.9 percent of people aged from 16 to 64 were in work, up from 72.3 percent for November 2013 to January 2014 and up from 71.5 percent a year earlier. The latest figure of 72.9 percent, for February to April 2014, is 0.1 percentage point lower than before the downturn of 2008-09.

Pay including bonuses for employees in Great Britain for February to April 2014 was 0.7 percent higher than a year earlier, with pay excluding bonuses 0.9 percent higher.

UK Unemployment Falls to 6.6%


ONS | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
6/11/2014 11:26:17 AM