UK Unemployment Falls
12th October 2021
June to August 2021 estimates show a continuing recovery in the labour market, with a quarterly increase in the employment rate, while the unemployment and economic inactivity rates decreased.
Total hours worked increased on the quarter with the relaxation of many coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions.
The UK employment rate was estimated at 75.3%, 1.3 percentage points lower than before the coronavirus pandemic (December 2019 to February 2020), but 0.5 percentage points higher than the previous quarter (March to May 2021).
The UK unemployment rate was estimated at 4.5%, 0.5 percentage points higher than before the pandemic, but 0.4 percentage points lower than the previous quarter.
The UK economic inactivity rate was estimated at 21.1%, 0.9 percentage points higher than before the pandemic, but 0.2 percentage points lower than the previous quarter.
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