Labour Market Statistics
March 21 2013 - The unemployment rate stands at 7.9% - up 0.2% on the quarter and 0.3% down over the year.
29.70 million people were in work in December 2012 to February 2013 according to the labour force survey (LFS).
The number of people employed was 2,000 lower this quarter and 488,000 higher than last year.
The working age employment rate is 71.4% - unchanged on the last quarter and up 0.9% over the year.
ILO-defined unemployment in December 2012 to February 2013 was 2.56 million (7.9%) -
up by 70,000 on the previous quarter but down 71,000 on the same quarter last year.
The claimant count for key out-of-work benefits was 1,531 thousand in March -
down by 7,000 on the previous month and down 77,500 on the year.
Earnings growth over the year weekly pay in February 2013 (including bonuses) was 0.8%.
Mark Hoban, Minister for Employment, said:
"Today’s figures show a further fall in the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance, including a welcome drop amongst young
people. But there are still tough challenges ahead. We will continue to give jobseekers all the help and support they need to realise their