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Labour Market Statistics

January 18 2017 - The unemployment rate stands at 4.8% - down 0.1% on the quarter and 0.3% down over the year. 31.80 million people were in work in September to November 2016 according to the labour force survey (LFS). The number of people employed was little changed on the quarter but 294,000 higher than last year.

The working age employment rate is 74.5% - virtually unchanged on the last quarter but up 0.5% over the year.

ILO-defined unemployment in September to November 2016 was 1.60 million (4.8%) - down by 52,000 on the previous quarter and down 81,000 on the same quarter last year.

The claimant count for key out-of-work benefits was 797,800 in December 2016 - down by 10,100 on the previous month but up 26,900 on the year.

Average wages, including bonuses, rose by 2.8% over the year.

According to Employment Minister Damian Hinds:

"We start the new year with another encouraging set of figures. Employment continues to run at a near-record high, unemployment remains at an 11-year low and both figures are stronger than this time last year - highlighting the strength and resilience of our labour market as we step up to the challenges of 2017.

"We have made real progress creating a strong economy and helping more people into work, and will do what is needed to continue that trajectory as we build a country that works for everyone."

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