The number of women in employment rises

Official figures show that the number of women in employment has increased by 46,000 over the quarter to reach 12.54 million.

Official figures show that the number of women in employment has increased by 46,000 over the quarter to reach 12.54 million.
 
Labour market statistics released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that the number of men in employment has also increased by 132,000 over the past quarter to reach 15.62 million. The hike in employment is partly explained by rising numbers of part-time workers, which increased by 143,000 on the quarter to reach 7.96 million.
 
There were 1.14 million employees and self-employed people working part-time because they could not find a full-time job. This is the highest figure since comparable records began in 1992 and is up 65,000 on the quarter. The number of full-time workers increased by 35,000 on the quarter to reach 21.20 million.
 
In further findings, the ONS report that the number of economically inactive people looking after the family or home fell by 44,000, to reach 2.28 million, the lowest figure since comparable records began in 1993.
 
The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (the claimant count) increased by 5,300 between August and September 2010 to reach 1.47 million. This is the second consecutive monthly increase in the number of claimants. The increase in the total claimant count was mainly due to a rise of 4,200 in the number of female claimants to reach 431,000.
 
Despite rising employment, the number of vacanciesfor the three months to September 2010 was 459,000, down 30,000 over the quarter. The sector showing the largest quarterly fall was education where the number of vacancies fell by 17,000 to reach 32,000.
 
Commenting, David Kern, Chief Economist at the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “These figures are slightly better than expected. Employment is up, unemployment is down, and there has been a further fall in the level of inactivity. However, there are also some negative features. The recent increases in total employment were mainly driven by part-time workers, the number of which has increased to its highest level since records began in 1992. Furthermore, the number of people working part-time because they could not find a full-time job is also at a record high.
 
“While recent labour market trends are welcome, we have not yet seen the negative impact on jobs that will result from the tough but necessary deficit-cutting measures that will be implemented over the next few years.
 
“On the basis of these figures we reiterate the BCC’s forecast that UK unemployment is likely to record a further net increase of some 200,000 over the next 18 months, reaching a peak of around 2.65 million in the first half of 2012.”





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