The number of full time workers increased by 82,000 in the three months to April, reversing its fall in the three months to March. Part time employment growth also remains strong,increasing by 83,000
The rate of public sector job losses has slowed
The rate of public sector job losses has slowed significantly over the last year. As Figure 1 shows, the quarterly change in public sector employment has scaled back from a fall of 123,000 in Q2 2011 to 39,000 in Q1 2012.
The smaller fall in the last quarter was coupled with the much stronger performance of private sector employment. For the first time in a year, employment in the private sector offset the falls in public sector employment. There were 205,000 more people in private sector employment compared to the previous quarter – the strongest increase since Q2 2010.
Unemployment remains well below EU average
The recent improvement in the labour market means that the UK’s unemployment rate remains well below the EU and Eurozone averages of 10.3 and 11 percent respectively.