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.
The headline labour market figures for employment and unemployment published on 19 May still do not incorporate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
The latest labour market figures published on 21 April indicate that the UK labour market was in a robust state as it headed into the coronavirus pandemic.
The latest labour market figures published on 17 March are positive with a large rise in employment in the quarter, despite the unexpected rise in unemployment.
The latest labour market figures published on 18 February are another set of very positive numbers with a large rise in employment in the quarter.