Number of women in work stays high as unemployment falls

The unemployment rate has fallen to 6.0%, with the number of women in employment reaching the joint highest since comparable records began in 1971, according to the latest statistics from the Office for National Statistics.

The figures show there were 22.52 million people working full-time, 589,000 more than for a year earlier. There were 8.27 million people working part-time, 105,000 more than for a year earlier. However, pay including bonuses for employees in Great Britain was just 1% higher than a year earlier. Pay excluding bonuses for employees in Great Britain was 1.3% higher than a year earlier.

Between July and September 2014, 78.0% of men and 68.1% of women aged from 16 to 64 were in work. These employment rates for men and women were higher than those for April to June 2014 and for a year earlier. Between July to September 2013 and July to September 2014, the number of self-employed people working full-time increased by 186,000 to reach 3.25 million and the number of self-employed people working part-time increased by 93,000 to reach 1.27 million.

In the last year, the number of men working full-time increased by 358,000 to reach 14.24 million, the number of men working part-time fell by 22,000 to reach 2.15 million, the number of women working full-time increased by 231,000 to reach 8.28 million, and the number of women working part-time increased by 126,000 to reach 6.12 million.





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