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Thomas StorringDirector – Economics and Statistics
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October 13, 2020

The UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported today that the unemployment rate for the three-month period June 2020 to August 2020 averaged 4.5 per cent, up 0.5 percentage points since the beginning of the year.

The UK employment rate among those aged 16-64 averaged 75.6 per cent from June to August, down about 1 percentage point since the beginning of the year. 

Despite easing of restrictions related to COVID-19 transmission, UK unemployment and inactivity rates are rising while the employment rate is falling.  There have been recent increases in hours worked and job vacancies, but these remain well below pre-pandemic levels.  Employee pay rates are also recovering as many are returning to work from furlough. 

Since 2011-2012, employment in the UK has grown faster than the size of the labour force. The impact of COVID-19 is clearly apparent in falling employment and labour force in Canada and Nova Scotia for April 2020 and started to rebound in May to August 2020. 


Sources: UK Office for National Statistics: Labour Market Overview

Statistics Canada  Table  14-10-0287-02   Labour force characteristics by age group, monthly, seasonally adjusted

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