More part-time jobs than ever

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.
  • Read the full statistics here.

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Unemployment falls by 50,000

Unemployment fell by 50,000 between June and August to 2.53 million, official figures released today showed.