• Unemployment is 1,423,000, reduced by 30,000 from last month’s published figure (quarterly headline has fallen by 16,000) and the unemployment rate is 4.2%, down 0.1 percentage points on last month and down 0.1 percentage points on last quarter.
  • The ONS figure for claimant unemployed is 855,300, up 11,600 on last month, and the claimant rate is 2.4%.
  • The number of workless young people (not in employment, full-time education or training) is 1,005,000, up 19,000 on the quarter, representing 14.2% of the youth population (up 0.3 percentage points).
  • Youth unemployment (including students) is 525,000, down 13,000 on the last quarter.
  • There are 1.7 unemployed people per vacancy. Learning and Work Institute estimates this figure may rise slightly next month.
  • The employment rate is 75.4% (up 0.1 percentage points on last month’s published figure and up 0.1 percentage points in the preferred quarterly measure).

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Chart 1: UK unemployment (ILO)

The latest unemployment figure is 1,423,000. It has fallen by 30,000 from the figure published last month. On the basis of later claimant count figures, Learning and Work Institute estimates that unemployment may rise, although this remains highly uncertain. The unemployment rate fell by 0.1 percentage points to 4.2%.

Chart 2: Percentage unemployed not claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance

The proportion of unemployed people not claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance has fallen to 41.8%; (595,000).

Chart 3: Youth long-term unemployment (six months and over, 18-24)

Youth long-term unemployment (which can include students) has fallen by 5,000 from last month’s figure and is now 127,000.

The youth long-term Jobseeker’s Allowance count (but not UC) remains far behind, at 18,100. The count fell by 500 this month.

Chart 4: Adult long-term unemployment (12 months and over, 25+)

Adult long-term unemployment on the survey measure is now 282,000. The Jobseeker’s Allowance measure is 148,200.