UK jobless rate rises to 5.1% for first time since 2016 – business live

Tue, 23 Feb 2021 07:58:21 GMT 5

UK jobless rate rises to 5.1% for first time since 2016 – business live

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Jonathan Athow, the UK’s deputy national statistician, says there are “tentative” signs that the UK’s labour market was stabilising at the end of last year, given the rise in company payrolls in the last two months:

Commenting on today’s labour market data, Deputy National Statistician for Economic Statistics Jonathan Athow said: (1/3)

Jonathan Athow added: (2/3)

Jonathan Athow continued: (3/3)

Good morning, and welcome to our rolling coverage of the world economy, the financial markets, the eurozone and business.
Britain’s unemployment rate has risen to its highest level since early 2016, as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to hit the labour market - particularly younger workers.

But, there are also signs that the jobs market is stabilising, with a small increase in the number of payrolled employees in December and January, and a pick-up in vacancies.

#Breaking The number of UK workers on payrolls increased by 83,000 last month but has fallen by 726,000 since February 2020 due to the impact of the pandemic, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS)

There were 28.3 million employees paid through payroll in January, up 83,000 on December.

However, this was still 726,000 fewer than in February 2020, before the pandemic started to affect the jobs market

New analysis by age band shows that the 18 to 24 years age group has seen the greatest decrease in payrolled employees since February 2020.

Our latest labour market statistics have been published for October to December 2020

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