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Employment on the raise for nearly all United Kingdom

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The employment rate estimates for those aged 16 to 64, for the 3 months to January 2015, compared to the 3 months to October 2014, showed increases for nearly all of the regions and countries of the United Kingdom.

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The largest increases in the employment rate estimates were for Wales, at 1.2 percentage points and the West Midlands, at 1.1 percentage points. For both regions along with most other regions, the general pattern shows steady growth in the employment estimates.

In regions where the general pattern is not for steady growth, the recent estimates suggest a flatter pattern. This pattern can be seen in the 3 regions with the highest employment rates: the East of England at 76.6%, South East at 76.5% and South West at 76.3%. The South West is the only region in Great Britain to have a decrease in the latest employment rate estimate at 0.1 percentage points. Additionally Northern Ireland also had a 0.5 percentage point decrease.

The employment levels for the North East, North West, West Midlands and London are all at record highs, with many other regions close to record highs. The employment rate for the North East, at 70.2%, is also at a record high. Regional estimates for the unemployment rate are quite volatile, which needs to be allowed for when considering the pattern of change over time.

There were no large increases in the unemployment rate estimates for the 3 months to January 2015, compared to the 3 months to October 2014. The largest decreases in the unemployment rate estimates for the 3 months to January 2015, compared to the 3 months to October 2014, were for the North East at 1.4 percentage points, Yorkshire and The Humber, at 1.1 percentage points and Wales, at 0.9 percentage points.

Similarly to employment, for all these and most other regions, the pattern is showing a steady decrease in the unemployment rate. Again where the rate is not falling, it is flat.

All regions are showing decreases in the unemployment rate compared with a year ago. The unemployment rate for the North East remains the highest in the UK at 7.7%, followed by the West Midlands at 6.5%.

The Claimant Count for February 2015 compared with January 2015 is showing decreases in the count for both men and women across all regions of the UK. Employment The employment rate for people aged from 16 to 64 for the UK was 73.3%, for the period November to January 2015.

The regions with the highest rate in Great Britain were the East of England, at 76.6%, followed by the South East, at 76.5% and the South West, at 76.3%. The regions with the lowest rate were Wales, at 69.7%, followed by the North East, at 70.2%, and the North West and the West Midlands, both at 71.2%.

The regions with the largest increase in the employment rate on the previous period (August 2014 to October 2014), were in Wales, with an increase of 1.2 percentage points, followed by the West Midlands, with an increase of 1.1 percentage points and the North East, with an increase of 0.8 percentage points.

The only decrease in the employment rate was in the South West, with a decrease of 0.1 percentage points. The South East, the East Midlands and Scotland all remained unchanged. The UK employment rate increased by 0.3 percentage points.

Over the year, the regions with the largest increase in the employment rate were the North West, with an increase of 2.2 percentage points, followed by the North East and West Midlands, both with an increase of 2.0 percentage points. The only decrease in the employment rate was in Wales, at 1.2 percentage points. The South East had the smallest increase of 0.2 percentage points.

Unemployment The unemployment rate for people aged 16 and over for the UK was 5.7%, for the period November to January 2015. The regions with the highest rate in Great Britain were the North East, at 7.7%, followed by the West Midlands, at 6.5% and Wales, the North West and London, all at 6.2%. The regions with the lowest rate were the South West and the South East, both at 4.5%, followed by the East Midlands, at 5%.

The regions with the largest decrease in the unemployment rate on the previous period (August 2014 to October 2014), were the North East, at 1.4 percentage points, followed by Yorkshire and The Humber, at 1.1 percentage points and Wales, at 0.9 percentage points.

There were 2 regions with an increase in the unemployment rate: Scotland, at 0.2 percentage points and the East of England, at 0.1 percentage point. The unemployment rate in the South East remained unchanged. The UK rate decreased by 0.3 percentage points.


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