UK employment rate estimated at 75.5% in the three months to August, down by 1.0 percentage points from pre-pandemic level and 0.3 percentage points lower than the previous quarter; unemployment rate estimated to drop 0.3 percentage points to 3.5%: ONS

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LONDON , October 11, 2022 (press release) –

Estimates of employment, unemployment and economic inactivity for the UK.

Main points

  • When comparing estimates for June to August 2022 against the previous three-month period (March to May 2022), be aware that survey estimates for March to May 2022 had a notably higher employment rate and lower economic inactivity rate than other recent periods.
  • June to August 2022 estimates show a decrease in the unemployment rate compared with the previous three-month period (March to May 2022), and a decrease in the employment rate, while the economic inactivity rate increased.
  • Total hours worked decreased compared with the previous three-month period and are still below pre-coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic levels.
  • The UK employment rate was estimated at 75.5%, which is 0.3 percentage points lower than the previous three-month period and 1.0 percentage points lower than before the pandemic (December 2019 to February 2020).
  • The UK unemployment rate was estimated at 3.5%, which is 0.3 percentage points lower than the previous three-month period and 0.5 percentage points below pre-pandemic levels.
  • The UK economic inactivity rate was estimated at 21.7%, which is 0.6 percentage points higher than the previous three-month period and 1.4 percentage points higher than before the pandemic.

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