UK employment rate estimated at 75.5% in the three months to November, 1.1 percentage points lower than pre-pandemic level, 0.2 percentage points higher than the previous quarter; unemployment rate estimated at 4.1%, down 0.1 percentage points: ONS

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LONDON , January 18, 2022 (press release) –

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

Main points

  • September to November 2021 estimates showed a continuing recovery in the labour market, with an increase in the employment rate and a decrease in the unemployment rate compared with the previous three-month period (June to August 2021).
  • Total hours worked decreased slightly compared with the previous three-month period and are still below pre-coronavirus pandemic levels, despite the loosening of coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions.
  • The UK employment rate was estimated at 75.5%, 1.1 percentage points lower than before the coronavirus pandemic (December 2019 to February 2020), but 0.2 percentage points higher than the previous three-month period (June to August 2021).
  • The UK unemployment rate was estimated at 4.1%, 0.1 percentage points higher than before the pandemic, but 0.4 percentage points lower than the previous three-month period.
  • The UK economic inactivity rate was estimated at 21.3%, 1.0 percentage point higher than before the pandemic, and 0.2 percentage points higher than the previous three-month period.

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