Today we have published our latest Labour Market Report based on the Office for National Statistics monthly employment figures. In this issue, we look at the rise in unemployment and fall in employment and the growth of involuntary part-time work. Full-time and employee employment levels have yet to show any signs of recovery from the downturn.
Economic inactivity is also on the rise, especially for women – there was a 55,000 increase in the number of economically inactive women from last month’s figures. The report also looks at what has happened to the employment rate gender gap over the past couple of years: it shrank in the recession but has been rising again for a year so that men’s employment rate is once again more than ten percentage points higher than women’s.