UK employment falls by biggest amount in over a decade

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Employment within the UK fell by the biggest amount in over a decade between April and June, official figures show.

The number of individuals in work decreased by 220,000 on the quarter, said the Office for National Statistics.

This was the biggest quarterly decrease since May to July 2009, the depths of the financial crisis.

The youngest workers, oldest workers and people in manual occupations were the worst hit during the pandemic, the ONS added.

The figures don’t include the numerous people that are furloughed, those on zero hours contracts but not getting shifts or people on temporary unpaid leave from employment as they still count as employed.

For this reason, the United kingdom per centum was estimated at 3.9%, largely unchanged on the year and also the previous quarter.

Jonathan Athow, deputy national statistician at the ONS, said: “The groups of individuals most affected are younger workers, 24 and under, or older workers and people in additional routine or less skilled jobs.

“This is concerning, as it’s harder for these groups to seek out a replacement job or get into employment as easily as other workers.”

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