The latest labour market figures published on 21 April indicate that the UK labour market was in a robust state as it headed into the coronavirus pandemic. However, the current situation will be dramatically different as will be the likely future state of the labour market.
The latest unemployment figure was 1,364,000. It has risen by 21,000 from the figure published last month. The unemployment rate rose by 0.1 percentage points to 4%.
The number of out of work young people who are not in full-time education (1,001,000) has risen in the past quarter by 20,000, or 2.1%. The rise was both among the inactive and the unemployed, being slightly faster for the unemployed.
The ONS headline Jobseeker’s Allowance and Universal Credit claimant count has risen by 12,100 to 12 March, taking the total to 1,246,850. ONS’s claimant count before seasonal adjustment rose by 20,020 to 1,277,300. This change was directly comparable to the local level claimant count changes published today.
Overall, there was a 0.3 percentage point fall in the inactivity rate. Four regions showed rises in inactivity, led by the North West and Wales.