Curtis Wool Direct

UK unemployment rate falls to fresh 11-year low

Buy and sell wool 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from anywhere in the world. Click here.

The UK unemployment rate has fallen to 4.9%, the lowest since July 2005, according to official figures. The unemployment total fell to 1.65 million in the March-to-May period, down 54,000 from the previous quarter, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

The figures cover the period before the UK vote to leave the European Union. But some analysts warned the outcome of the vote meant the positive trend was unlikely to continue for much longer.

The vote to leave the EU will almost certainly now cause some firms to put hiring decisions on hold or cut back headcounts altogether.  “Indeed, we expect the unemployment rate to begin to drift up over the coming quarters. The upshot is that these may be the best set of labour market figures for a while,” said Paul Hollingsworth, UK economist at Capital Economics.

The Bank of England had a similar view in its separate monthly summary of business conditions, which was also released. It said: “A majority of firms spoken with did not expect a near-term impact from the result on their investment or hiring plans. But around a third of contacts thought there would be some negative impact on those plans over the next twelve months.”

In the March-to-May period, the number of people in work rose by 176,000, with the employment rate remaining at a record high of 74.4%. Earnings, not adjusted for inflation and excluding bonuses, rose by 2.2% compared with last year. There were 23.19 million people working full-time, 401,000 more than for a year earlier.

“The labour market continued to strengthen in spring 2016, with record employment and the unemployment rate at its lowest since 2005,” said ONS statistician Nick Palmer.

The inactivity rate, the proportion of people of working age considered economically inactive, was the lowest since comparable records began in 1971 at 21.6%.

If the unemployment number does start to rise that could take the momentum out of wage growth, according to Samuel Tombs, the chief UK economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics.

“Rising unemployment and falling job vacancies [is likely to] ensure that wage growth does not respond fully to the looming pick-up in inflation,” he said.

Source BBCB

 

Share This Article

America
Argentina
Australia
Belgium
Britain
Canada
France
Germany
Hungary
India
Italy
Malaysia
New Zealand
Russia
South Africa
Spain
Turkey
Uruguay
Wool Promotion
Buy Alpaca from
Mohair
Wool & Specialty Fibre
Tops & Yarn Dyeing
Wool & Top Treatment 
Buy Yarn From
Textile Machinery
Wool Magazines

Interested in reaching buyers in China? Advertise in wool2yarn China magazine and reach major importers of wool and speciality fibre, topmakers, spinners, weavers and textile companies in China, in their own language, breaking down the language barrier. This publication is circulated to 5000 major textile companies in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan and is a buyer’s guide and information source for the year ahead. See More.


Reach buyers in 58 countries – advertise in wool2yarn global magazine. Published once each year (September) it is circulated to over 5000 textile companies. Readership includes importers of wool and speciality fibre, topmakers, spinners and weavers, manufacturers of yarn, knitwear, carpet, and blankets, producers and importers of fabrics, bedding products, garment manufacturers, and brands and retail chains. See more.

Wool Reports
Buy Wool, Wool Tops, Yarn Online
Wool Testing
Wool Logistics
Wool Grease
Wool Products Online
Second Hand Textile Machinery