Rate falls to 74.5% in 3 months to Nov 2005
The trend in the employment rate may be starting to fall, while the trend in the unemployment rate is increasing. The count of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance benefit increased for the eleventh month in succession, and the trend is increasing. The number of job vacancies has fallen. Growth in average earnings, both excluding and including bonuses, has fallen.
The employment rate for people of working age was 74.5 per cent for the three months ending in November 2005, down from 74.9 per cent the previous quarter.
The number of people in employment was 28.76 million, down 22,000 over the quarter but up 221,000 over the year. The quarterly fall in employment was mainly due to a fall in the number of employees, particularly women.
Total hours worked per week was 921.7 million, virtually unchanged over the quarter but up 7.8 million over the year.
The unemployment rate was 5.0 per cent, up from 4.7 per cent, both over the quarter and over the year. The number of unemployed people increased by 111,000 over the quarter, and by 121,000 over the year, to reach 1.53 million.
The claimant count was 909,100 in December 2005, up 7,200 on the previous month. The claimant count has increased for eleven consecutive months and is 95,300 higher than the recent low point in January 2005.
The inactivity rate for people of working age was 21.4 per cent for the three months ending in November 2005, unchanged from the previous quarter. The number of economically inactive people of working age rose by 25,000, to reach 7.94 million.
The annual rate of growth in average earnings (the AEI), excluding bonuses, was 3.8 per cent in November 2005, down from 3.9 per cent the previous month. Including bonuses, it was 3.4 per cent, down from 3.6 per cent the previous month.
The average number of job vacancies for the three months to December 2005 was 606,500. This was down 12,700 on the previous quarter and down 40,400 over the year. The redundancy rate for the three months to November 2005 was 5.6 per 1,000 employees, down from 6.1 the previous quarter.
Source: Office for National Statistics
People in employment, unemployed and economically inactive make up the total household population aged 16 and over, measured through the Labour Force Survey on a consistent basis since 1971.
Working age is defined as 16-64 for men and 16-59 for women.