Duncan Melville, chief economist at Learning and Work Institute, commented:
The monthly and quarterly numbers for employment for August to November 2019 released today are remarkably positive, up by 100,000 and 208,000 respectively, given the current weakness of economic growth and high levels of economic uncertainty associated with Brexit and the nature of our future trading relationship with the EU. Although we anticipated a substantial increase in employment this month, due to the large monthly fall in employment announced in October falling out of the quarterly change, this increase in employment is much larger than we had expected. Welcome to the roaring twenties?
Paul Bivand, associate director for statistics and analysis at Learning and Work Institute's said:
In early 2020, we are planning to revise these briefings. The move to Universal Credit has meant that the level and depth of information on benefit claimants has reduced dramatically, and has meant that some of our regular analysis has become more difficult to interpret. Comments and suggestions for coverage are welcome - contact me here. Benefits statistics in particular are quarterly in large part (some less frequent), so these sections are likely to move to quarterly analysis.
Chart 12: Employment rate in the UK
The employment rate has risen by 0.5 percentage points over the quarter, to 76.3%.
Chart 1: UK unemployment (ILO)
The latest unemployment figure is 1,306,000. It has increased by 26,000 from the figure published last month. The unemployment rate stayed at 3.8%.
Chart 14: Claimants for inactive benefits and the economically inactive – lone parents
The survey figures (showing those looking after family) continued to fall while benefit measures had fallen earlier.
The benefit figures include lone parents remaining on Income Support as lone parents and Universal Credit claimants in the planning for work group. The latest DWP data does not show any still on Jobseeker's Allowance.
This chart shows claimants of out of work benefits as lone parents (the orange dots) and survey figures for all those who are economically inactive looking after family (including couple families).