Labour market analysis

Following employment reaching a record high at the start of 2020, the coronavirus pandemic has caused an economic crisis. We have seen a significant impact on the labour market, with an increase in unemployment that has been faster than anything seen before.

Every month, we produce detailed and timely analysis of the latest labour market statistics. We examine what the figures tell us both about the health of our labour market, and what they mean for peoples’ experience of work, with a particular focus on groups facing labour market disadvantage.

Analysis for May 2020

The headline labour market figures for employment and unemployment published on 19 May still do not incorporate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. However, other numbers released today for claimant unemployment, working hours, and vacancies all point to a dramatic negative impact of the crisis.

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See expert analysis from our 2019 Employment & Skills Convention 2019 by Paul Bivand and Duncan Melville