Job vacancies up and unemployment down again, finds ONS

Both the number of job vacancies and the number of people out of work in the UK moved in the right direction in the most recent Labour Market Statistics, published today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and available online.
Wed, 13 Oct 2013Both the number of job vacancies and the number of people out of work in the UK moved in the right direction in the most recent Labour Market Statistics, published today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and available online.

Key findings:
There were 545,000 vacancies in the three months to October, up 6,000 on the previous quarter and 62,000 against the same period in 2012.

The number of people out of work was down 48,000 in the three months to September versus the previous three months to 2.47m.

In the same period, part-time working was up by 19,000 jobs, although the number of women working part-time dropped by 22,000.

Total pay rose by 0.7% on the previous year.

The most substantial employment rise in any one industry as classified by the ONS was real estate activities, which had 10% more workers in the three months to June than the previous three months, with 562,000 staff.

This improvement comes on the back of previous positive jobs data from the ONS, as well as other sources including the KPMG/REC Report on Jobs and the REC Recruitment Industry Trends Survey.

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