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Labour Market Statistics

April 20 2016 - The unemployment rate stands at 5.1% - little changed on the quarter and 0.5% down over the year. 31.41 million people were in work in December 2015 to February 2016 according to the labour force survey (LFS). The number of people employed was 20,000 higher this quarter and 360,000 higher than last year.

The working age employment rate is 74.1% - 0.1% up on the last quarter and up 0.6% over the year.

ILO-defined unemployment in December 2015 to February 2016 was 1.70 million (5.1%) - up by 21,000 on the previous quarter and down 142,000 on the same quarter last year.

The claimant count for key out-of-work benefits was 796,200 in March 2016 - up by 6,700 on the previous month and down 71,500 on the year.

Average wages, including bonuses, rose by 1.8% over the year.

According to Employment Minister Stephen Crabb:

"We remain in a position of strength, with a record employment rate, wages continuing to grow steadily and three-quarters of a million vacancies available in the labour market.

"Work is essential in transforming the lives of the most disadvantaged people in society and is at the heart of our welfare reforms. We are committed to ensuring that everyone across the country benefits from our strong economy and the opportunities this brings."

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