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UK Unemployment

Labour Market Statistics

November 14 2018 - The unemployment rate stands at 4.1% - 0.2% down over the year. 32.41 million people were in work in the July 2018 to September 2018 quarter according to the labour force survey (LFS). This was 23,000 more than the previous quarter and 350,000 higher than the same quarter last year.

The working age employment rate was 75.5% compared with 75.0% a year ago.

ILO-defined unemployment in the July 2018 to September 2018 quarter was 1.38 million (4.1%) - up by 21,000 on the previous quarter but down 43,000 on the same quarter last year.

Average wages, including bonuses, rose by 3.0% over the year - 3.2% excluding bonuses.

According to Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Esther McVey:

"As we celebrate the anniversary of Disability Confident, we can see seismic shifts in opportunities for disabled people, with 973,000 more in work since 2013.

"That's empowering hundreds of thousands more disabled people with new career opportunities, and creating a brighter future.

"Since 2010, employment has risen and unemployment has fallen in every single region of the UK. And with an average of 1,000 people moving into work each and every day, and three quarters of all new jobs in permanent, full time and high skilled roles, this shows our welfare reforms are working and delivering for people across the country."

TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady commented:

"Pay is rising at a snail's pace and wages arenít expected to return to their pre-crash value for at least another 6 years.

"Boosting pay packets must be a priority. That means the government putting the minimum wage up to £10 as quickly as possible. And it means giving unions the freedom to enter every workplace and negotiate fair pay rises."

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