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Release: Labour Market Statistics, September 2012

Released: 12 September 2012 Next edition: 17 October 2012


ONS has discovered an error affecting series BCJG (claimant count level for Great Britain, not seasonally adjusted) for July 2012, which appears in the Labour Market Statistics and Claimant Count and Vacancies datasets. These datasets have now been corrected. The originally published incorrect figure of 1,505,200 has been replaced with the correct figure of 1,508,900.

Key points

The key points from this release are:
  • The employment rate for those aged from 16 to 64 for May to July 2012 was 71.2 per cent, up 0.5 on the quarter. There were 29.56 million people in employment aged 16 and over, up 236,000 on the quarter.

  • The unemployment rate for May to July 2012 was 8.1 per cent of the economically active population, down 0.1 on the quarter. There were 2.59 million unemployed people, down 7,000 on the quarter.

  • The inactivity rate for those aged from 16 to 64 for May to July 2012 was 22.4 per cent, down 0.5 on the quarter. There were 9.01 million economically inactive people aged from 16 to 64, down 181,000 on the quarter.

  • Between May to July 2011 and May to July 2012, total pay (including bonuses) rose by 1.5 per cent and regular pay (excluding bonuses) rose by 1.9 per cent.

This release contains the latest estimates of labour market statistics (including employment, unemployment and economic inactivity) for the United Kingdom.

There is a pdf version of the Statistical Bulletin which includes summary data tables. There is a short video explaining these figures. 

There are separate releases on this website for Public Sector Employment and Regional Labour Market Statistics .

More detailed Labour Market statistics, particularly at regional and local area level, are available on the NOMIS website .

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