UK Unemployment Rate Remains At Decade Low

February 18, 2021 at 10:07 AM

Latest figures show average earnings edging higher, which is likely to lead to greater pressure on inflation this year.

Unemployment remained at its decade-low rate of 5.1% in the three months to December, despite the number of people not in work falling by 60,000.

Economists had pencilled in a fall in the unemployment rate, so the latest official figure may be interpreted as a disappointment.

Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show signs of growth wage, and a record 23 million people are now in full time employment - 387,000 more than last year.

Average weekly earnings for employees increased by 2% excluding bonuses compared with a year earlier, the ONS said.

However, Markit's chief economist Chris Williamson said recent survey data adds to fears that low inflation is continuing to hold down pay growth.

Meanwhile, the employment rate for women (69.1%) was the joint highest since comparable records began in 1971, partly due to ongoing changes to the state pension age for women resulting in fewer women retiring between the ages of 60 and 65.

For October to December 2015, the unemployment rate for 16 to 24 year olds was 13.6%, lower than the pre-downturn trough of 13.8% for the three months ending February 2008.

The UK has an unemployment rate which is the envy of many in the European Union, with only Germany and the Czech Republic having a lower rate of joblessness at 4.5%.

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