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The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released labour market data

   News / 17 Aug 2021

Published: 17 August 2021

By Suzanne Evans, Director, Political Insight

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released labour market data for April to June 2021 this morning. The stats show:

  • Employment up at 75.1%
  • Unemployment down at 4.7%
  • Economic inactivity at 21.1%
  • The number of employees on payroll rose by 182,000 in July 2021
  • The number of job vacancies passed 1 million for the first time in July
  • The number of hours worked exceeded 1 billion a week for the first time since the onset of the pandemic
  • After inflation, average pay saw annual growth of 6.6% including bonuses in April to June 2021; excluding bonuses it was up 5.2%.

Responding to the figures, Jonathan Athow, the ONS Deputy National Statistician said in an official statement: “The world of work continues to rebound robustly from the effects of the pandemic”. He added: “There was no sign of redundancies starting to pick up in our survey data ahead of the furlough scheme beginning to wind down, and Insolvency Services figures for July suggest the same.” On his Twitter feed however, he cautioned that “there is still some way to go.” Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the figures showed the government's plan for jobs was working.
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