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Latest on the Labour Market, February 2012 - Animated Short Video (YouTube)

Released: 15 February 2012 Download PDF


A short video explaining the latest labour market numbers is available on the ONS YouTube channel. It shows:

  • Unemployment is up 48,000  to stand at 2.67 million in the final quarter of 2011. Employment is up 60,000 to stand at 29.13 million and Inactivity is down 78,000 to 9.29 million.

  • Employment for UK nationals was down 166,000 between the final quarters of 2010 and 2011 while, over the same period, employment for non-UK nationals was up 166,000

  • Around 1 in 3 of everyone unemployed in the UK have been looking for work for over a year, accounting for 860,000 people.

  • Long-term unemployment is highest for the over 50s. 45% of unemployed people in that age group have been looking for work for over a year.

Further information is available in the Statistical Bulletin and the data tables.


Source: Office for National Statistics

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