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UK Labour Market Statistics, March 2016


The ONS also provide a chart for the last five years. (Source: ONS)

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) released their latest estimates of employment, unemployment, economic inactivity and other labour market statistics for the UK [1]. This release covers November 2015 to January 2016.

There are now 31.418m people employed in Britain, which has increased by 116,000 on the previous quarter (August to October 2015), and has risen by 478,000 across the year (November 2014 to January 2015). The employment rate (the proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 who were in work) is now 74.1% — the joint highest since comparable records began in 1971.


The increase in full-time employment exceeded that of part-time employment, for both allocated genders. (Source: ONS)

Unemployment has decreased by 28,000 in the last quarter to 1.685m people, and has decreased by 171,000 over the last year. The unemployment rate (the proportion of people who are available and seeking to work, but are not in work) is 5.1%.

New website

The ONS have also launched their new website [2]. This website has the ability to search through over 35,000 time series, which can be used in customisable charts. Up to 50 of these series can be selected together to download custom datasets, for use in other data visualisation and analysis tools. The old website has been archived.


[1] ONS, 2016. UK Labour Market: March 2016. Available from: [Accessed: 17th March 2016]

[2] ONS, 2016. New ONS website launched. Available from: [Accessed: 17th March 2016]



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