Employment grew in the quarter to August, highest since records began in 1971.
- The Office for National Statistics also reported that part-time employment increased by 125,000 between March and May to a record high of 8.13 million.
- The number of people in part-time jobs because they could not find full-time work was close to a record high at 1.4 million.
- Self-employment has also increased, up by 35,000 to 4.2 million, while the number of unpaid workers in a family business rose by 2,000 to 112,000.
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The number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance last month fell by 4,000 to 1.57 million.
Unemployment fell by 50,000 between June and August to 2.53 million. Official figures show employment has now reached a record high of almost 30 million.
With more than a million 16 to 24-year-olds unemployed the Joseph Rowntree Foundation today published a report on the challenges facing young people in the jobs market. Sending 2,000 job applications from fictional candidates with at least five good GCSEs and relevant work experience. They found:
- Over two-thirds of applications received no response at all
- 78% of the jobs applied for paid under £7 an hour, while 54% offered the minimum wage. Just 24% of the vacancies offered full-time, daytime work.
- Jobseekers who do not have high-speed internet at home are at a substantial disadvantage and can only search for jobs sporadically, rather than the daily basis that is required.
The Trade Unions Congress today publishes a report on youth unemployment analysing official unemployment data over the last decade. It finds that:
- Young black men have experienced the sharpest rise in unemployment since the coalition came to power, with more than one in four of all black 16-24 year-olds (26 percent) currently out of work.
- The report also finds that white and Asian youngsters are now twice as likely to be out of work as those from the same ethnic group over the age of 24.
- Young Asian women are experiencing the sharpest rise in unemployment, doubling in the last decade.
Up to 66 unemployed people are chasing every retail job, with vacancies often closed to young candidates within hours of being advertised, according to new research.
A study by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) also found that two thirds of those applying for jobs did not receive any responses.
A separate report by the TUC found that young black men have experienced the sharpest rise in unemployment since the coalition came to power, with more than one in four of all black 16 to 24-year-olds currently out of work.
The reports, published ahead of the new unemployment figures today, followed similar studies in recent days showing a big rise in long-term unemployment among young people.