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Release: Labour Market Statistics, February 2015

Released: 18 February 2015 Next edition: 18 March 2015
  • The main findings of this release are that employment continued to rise and unemployment continued to fall. These changes continue the general direction of movement since late 2011/early 2012.

  • For October to December 2014, 73.2% of people aged from 16 to 64 were in work, up from 72.0% for a year earlier.

  • The unemployment rate for October to December 2014 was 5.7%, down from 7.2% for a year earlier.

This release contains estimates of labour market statistics (including employment, unemployment and economic inactivity) for the United Kingdom published on 18 February 2015. There is a pdf version of the Statistical Bulletin which includes summary data tables.

Other regularly published labour market releases

Regional Labour Market statistics (*)

Public Sector Employment

Young People who were Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET)

Labour Productivity

Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings

Working and Workless Households

Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES)

(*) Regional and local area statistics are available at NOMIS®

Recently published reports on labour market topics

Families in the Labour Market (9 December 2014)

Underemployment and overemployment in the UK (25 November 2014)

Bonus payments in Great Britain (29 August 2014)

Self-employed workers in the UK (20 August 2014)

UK wages over the last four decades (3 July 2014)

Characteristics of home workers in the UK (4 June 2014)

Contracts with no guaranteed hours (30 April 2014)

The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

Designation can be broadly interpreted to mean that the statistics:

  • meet identified user needs;
  • are well explained and readily accessible;
  • are produced according to sound methods; and
  • are managed impartially and objectively in the public interest.

Once statistics have been designated as National Statistics it is a statutory requirement that the Code of Practice shall continue to be observed.

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