More than 100,000 more workers were employed full-time over the latest three-month period than in the previous quarter. This increase is roughly evenly split between employees and self-employed workers. Set against this good news, however, is a very large decline in numbers of part-time workers – a fall of 160,000 in total.
Overall, therefore, the number of people in employment has fallen. This is accompanied by a rise in the numbers of people who are economically inactive – especially amongst 18-24 year olds. Meanwhile, unemployment has fallen by some 23,000 and the unemployment rate is back down to 3.8%.