Unemployment level in London falls to 354,000

The overall figure is within touching distance of the level which will be used to decide whether interest rates will increase.

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Unemployment figures: Full regional breakdown

A breakdown of unemployment figures published by the Office for National Statistics has highlighted economic differences across the country:

Region, Total unemployed, Change on quarter, Unemployment rate

  • North East, 134,000, plus 1,000, 10.3%
  • North West , 270,000, minus 24,000 , 7.9%
  • Yorkshire/Humber, 235,000, minus 8,000, 8.4%
  • East Midlands, 149,000, minus 28,000, 6.4%
  • West Midlands, 222,000 , minus 32,000, 8.1%
  • East of England , 178,000 , minus 7,000, 5.7%
  • London, 354,000, minus 18,000, 8.1%
  • South East, 244,000, minus 29,000, 5.3%
  • South West , 187,000, plus 15,000 6.8%
  • Wales, 108,000, minus 12,000, 7.2%
  • Scotland, 176,000, minus 25,000, 6.4%
  • Northern Ireland, 63,000, plus 1,000, 7.3%

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