Employment levels in Britain have declined after two years of almost uninterrupted growth, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said Wednesday.
Releasing the latest job figures, ONS said the unemployment level had also fallen in the last quarter to September, recording a drop of 14,000 compared to the previous three-months. It means Britain’s unemployment level remains at 4.3 percent, compared to 4.8 percent at the same period last year.
Commenting on the latest labor market figures, senior ONS statistician Matt Hughes said: “After two years of almost uninterrupted growth, employment has declined slightly on the quarter. However, it remains higher than it was this time last year. Unemployment also fell on the quarter, but there was a rise in the number of people who were neither working nor looking for a job, so-called economically inactive people.”
“The number of non-UK nationals in work is still rising, albeit more slowly than in the last couple of years. However, this is being driven by EU citizens. The number of non-EU nationals working in the UK has fallen in the last year.”
Four out of every five working aged people in southeast England are in jobs, giving the area the highest employment rate in Britain.
Southeast England also had the country’s lowest unemployment rate of 3.2 percent, compared to the highest unemployment rate in the country of 5.5 percent in both the North East and West Midlands regions.
Londoners also worked the longest hours, said ONS, with full-time staff in the British capital registering 38.4 hours a week on average.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said the figures also show that employment remains at a near record high, with 32 million people in work.
The DWP said the number of people in employment in Britain had increased by more than three million since 2010, giving the country the third highest employment rate in the G7.