Jobless total falls by 100,000 and 30 million in work for first time

The Northern Echo: Jobless total falls by 100,000 and 30 million in work for first time Jobless total falls by 100,000 and 30 million in work for first time

THE Government was given a pre-Christmas boost on the jobs front when unemployment fell by almost 100,000 and the number of people in work topped 30 million for the first time on record.

The jobless total fell by 99,000 in the quarter to October, the biggest cut in over a decade, to 2.39 million, giving a rate of 7.4 per cent, the lowest for over four years.

The number of people in work was 30.09 million, an increase of 250,000 over the quarter and of almost half a million compared with a year ago.

Private sector employment reached a record high of 24.4 million, and long-term and youth unemployment also fell.

But 1.47 million people were in part-time jobs because they could not find full-time work, the highest total since records began in 1992.

Other data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed a 45,000 fall in those classed as economically inactive, to 8.92 million - a rate of 22 per cent and the lowest since 1991.

The number of people claiming jobseekers allowance fell by 36,700 in November to 1.27 million, the 13th consecutive monthly cut.

The number of people unemployed for more than a year fell by 33,000 to 866,000, the lowest for over a year, while youth unemployment dipped by 19,000 to 941,000.

Public sector employment increased slightly, by 4,000, to 5.6 million, largely because of a rise in the NHS, although the figure fell by 11,000 in local government.

The employment rate for over-65s is now ten per cent, the highest since records began in 1992.

Average earnings increased by 0.9 per cent in the year to October, down by 0.1 per cent on the previous month, giving a weekly average of 476.

Employment Minister Esther McVey said: "It is really encouraging news that the number of people in jobs has increased by a quarter of a million in the last three months, bringing the total number of people in work to a record-breaking 30 million.

"Together with a big fall in unemployment, this shows that the Government's long-term economic plan to get people off benefits and into work is proving successful.

"It's also thanks to British businesses up and down the country who are feeling increasingly confident about taking on workers. This is a great sign that the economy is growing."

UNEMPLOYMENT BY REGION

Regional unemployment between August and October:
Region       Unemployed          Change     Rate


North-East     133,000           minus 3,000        10.1%
North West    257,000           minus 29,000      7.5%
Yorks/Humber 239,000          minus 6,000        8.6%
East Midlands 162,000          minus 6,000         6.9%
West Mids       240,000         minus 26,000        8.8%
East                 176,000        minus 35,000        5.6%
London             368,000        plus 8,000            8.5%
South East      266,000          minus 2,000         5.8%
South West     175,000          plus 8,000        6.4%
Wales              112,000         minus 7,000      7.4%
Scotland           196,000        minus 7,000       7.1%
N.Ireland         65,000           plus 5,000        7.5%

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11:11am Wed 18 Dec 13

David Lacey says...

Oh dear. the Labour fox shot, skinned and buried.
Oh dear. the Labour fox shot, skinned and buried. David Lacey

11:35am Wed 18 Dec 13

behonest says...

Shame to see the North East at the top of the list again. But then again, this Region has always been Labour-controlled, so it's not really a surprise.
Shame to see the North East at the top of the list again. But then again, this Region has always been Labour-controlled, so it's not really a surprise. behonest

11:44am Wed 18 Dec 13

David Lacey says...

Note the fact that Scotland has 3% LESS unemployment than us. And the Barnett Formula continues to pour money down their throats.
Note the fact that Scotland has 3% LESS unemployment than us. And the Barnett Formula continues to pour money down their throats. David Lacey

11:44am Wed 18 Dec 13

sineater says...

Great iff you like part time work,or being discounted while being on a dead -end training course . You two are really pathetic repeating the same old drivel,get a life chumps !!
Great iff you like part time work,or being discounted while being on a dead -end training course . You two are really pathetic repeating the same old drivel,get a life chumps !! sineater

11:48am Wed 18 Dec 13

sineater says...

Time for you to move to Scotland David, why stay in an area so depressed,and where nobody wants your politics bye-bye
Time for you to move to Scotland David, why stay in an area so depressed,and where nobody wants your politics bye-bye sineater

11:48am Wed 18 Dec 13

sineater says...

Time for you to move to Scotland David, why stay in an area so depressed,and where nobody wants your politics bye-bye
Time for you to move to Scotland David, why stay in an area so depressed,and where nobody wants your politics bye-bye sineater

12:19pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Jonn says...

This is brilliant news! By turning 1 full time job into two or three part time jobs everything is looking rosy.
This is brilliant news! By turning 1 full time job into two or three part time jobs everything is looking rosy. Jonn

2:26pm Wed 18 Dec 13

sineater says...

Pity this is one subject David Lacey knows nothing about,he sees a headline he wants to believe ,and starts crowing about it,naive pillock !!
Pity this is one subject David Lacey knows nothing about,he sees a headline he wants to believe ,and starts crowing about it,naive pillock !! sineater

3:50pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Mod says...

I think inflation is down to its lowest level also. Heavens above, is there no end to this misery.
I think inflation is down to its lowest level also. Heavens above, is there no end to this misery. Mod

4:19pm Wed 18 Dec 13

EDd____ says...

The figures are down because they are all on a sanctions and they do not count in the unemployment figures.

There are None so Blind as Those who will Not See.
The figures are down because they are all on a sanctions and they do not count in the unemployment figures. There are None so Blind as Those who will Not See. EDd____

5:46pm Wed 18 Dec 13

behonest says...

Mod wrote:
I think inflation is down to its lowest level also. Heavens above, is there no end to this misery.
Yes, and mortgage rates remaining at their lowest level for a long time, and council tax frozen for 3 or 4 years too. Oh, the suffering.
[quote][p][bold]Mod[/bold] wrote: I think inflation is down to its lowest level also. Heavens above, is there no end to this misery.[/p][/quote]Yes, and mortgage rates remaining at their lowest level for a long time, and council tax frozen for 3 or 4 years too. Oh, the suffering. behonest

5:54pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Jonn says...

behonest wrote:
Mod wrote:
I think inflation is down to its lowest level also. Heavens above, is there no end to this misery.
Yes, and mortgage rates remaining at their lowest level for a long time, and council tax frozen for 3 or 4 years too. Oh, the suffering.
Mortgage rates are being kept artificially low to stop hundreds of thousands defaulting, causing a crash and leaving the banks up the creek, again. My council tax hasn't been frozen, it keeps going up every year.
[quote][p][bold]behonest[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mod[/bold] wrote: I think inflation is down to its lowest level also. Heavens above, is there no end to this misery.[/p][/quote]Yes, and mortgage rates remaining at their lowest level for a long time, and council tax frozen for 3 or 4 years too. Oh, the suffering.[/p][/quote]Mortgage rates are being kept artificially low to stop hundreds of thousands defaulting, causing a crash and leaving the banks up the creek, again. My council tax hasn't been frozen, it keeps going up every year. Jonn

6:19pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Jonn says...

ONS stats: In the 5 years since the financial crash, four out of five new jobs in the whole economy have been taken by women working fewer than 25 hours a week.
Is this how you heal an economy after the banks crashed it? Make the masses pay for the corrupt practices of the few. Iceland jailed their top bankers, why don't we?
ONS stats: In the 5 years since the financial crash, four out of five new jobs in the whole economy have been taken by women working fewer than 25 hours a week. Is this how you heal an economy after the banks crashed it? Make the masses pay for the corrupt practices of the few. Iceland jailed their top bankers, why don't we? Jonn

7:04pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Jackaranda says...

Excellent news, just in time for Christmas!!
Excellent news, just in time for Christmas!! Jackaranda

9:32am Tue 24 Dec 13

Mod says...

Whenever there is news like this, the standard bearing Left are duty bound to search high and low for any negatives.
Whenever there is news like this, the standard bearing Left are duty bound to search high and low for any negatives. Mod

9:45am Tue 24 Dec 13

stevegg says...

30 million working out of a population of 64 million! So 55% of the population dont actually work! No wonder those in the minority working are expected to pay more taxes and work longer to subsidise the majority who dont. Even excluding pensioners (circa 8 million), the disabled/mental health (circa 4 million) and under 18's (circa 11 million) that means there are still 11 million of working age doing absolutely nothing!
30 million working out of a population of 64 million! So 55% of the population dont actually work! No wonder those in the minority working are expected to pay more taxes and work longer to subsidise the majority who dont. Even excluding pensioners (circa 8 million), the disabled/mental health (circa 4 million) and under 18's (circa 11 million) that means there are still 11 million of working age doing absolutely nothing! stevegg

1:01pm Tue 24 Dec 13

sineater says...

There are none so blind ,that will not see,to right ,the government put out fake figures ,and the mugs fall for it- ha ha.
There are none so blind ,that will not see,to right ,the government put out fake figures ,and the mugs fall for it- ha ha. sineater

3:05pm Tue 24 Dec 13

thetruththewholetruthandnothingbutthetruth says...

This is all smoke and mirrors and these figures should not be trusted at all. Theres nothing quite as cringe worthy than politicians who massage the figures and then publicly pat themselves on the back. They are lying thieves the lot of them.
Most of these 'new jobs' are part time or zero hour contracts. Do not believe the crap coming from the government regarding unemployment figures.
This is all smoke and mirrors and these figures should not be trusted at all. Theres nothing quite as cringe worthy than politicians who massage the figures and then publicly pat themselves on the back. They are lying thieves the lot of them. Most of these 'new jobs' are part time or zero hour contracts. Do not believe the crap coming from the government regarding unemployment figures. thetruththewholetruthandnothingbutthetruth

4:00pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Jackaranda says...

sineater wrote:
There are none so blind ,that will not see,to right ,the government put out fake figures ,and the mugs fall for it- ha ha.
You sound like him off Kung Fu, the teacher with the dodgy eyes, Ahhhhhhhhh Glasshoppa.
[quote][p][bold]sineater[/bold] wrote: There are none so blind ,that will not see,to right ,the government put out fake figures ,and the mugs fall for it- ha ha.[/p][/quote]You sound like him off Kung Fu, the teacher with the dodgy eyes, Ahhhhhhhhh Glasshoppa. Jackaranda

4:12pm Tue 24 Dec 13

nigel d says...

And the moons made of cheese.
And the moons made of cheese. nigel d

4:59pm Tue 24 Dec 13

nigel d says...

behonest wrote:
Mod wrote:
I think inflation is down to its lowest level also. Heavens above, is there no end to this misery.
Yes, and mortgage rates remaining at their lowest level for a long time, and council tax frozen for 3 or 4 years too. Oh, the suffering.
Yes my mortgage has been at the same very low rate for the last six years, now who have I to thank for that? Unfortunately my council tax has gone up .
[quote][p][bold]behonest[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mod[/bold] wrote: I think inflation is down to its lowest level also. Heavens above, is there no end to this misery.[/p][/quote]Yes, and mortgage rates remaining at their lowest level for a long time, and council tax frozen for 3 or 4 years too. Oh, the suffering.[/p][/quote]Yes my mortgage has been at the same very low rate for the last six years, now who have I to thank for that? Unfortunately my council tax has gone up . nigel d

6:19pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Jackaranda says...

nigel d wrote:
And the moons made of cheese.
Helmetdale?
[quote][p][bold]nigel d[/bold] wrote: And the moons made of cheese.[/p][/quote]Helmetdale? Jackaranda

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