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Labour market analysis

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	The latest unemployment figure is 1,559,000, 25,000 less than the figure published last month. On the basis of later claimant count figures, L&amp;W estimates that unemployment may rise, although this remains subject to problems affecting the claimant count figures. The unemployment rate stayed at 4.7%, as last month (down 0.1 percentage points on the quarter).</p>

April 2017

The labour market figures published on 15 March are another set of numbers pointing to modest improvement in employment prospects. Duncan Melville, Chief Economist at Learning and Work Institute, commented: 
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	The latest unemployment figure is 1,584,000. It has fallen by 13,000 from the figure published last month. On the basis of later claimant count figures, Learning and Work Institute estimates that unemployment may continue to decrease, although this remains highly uncertain. The unemployment rate changed by 0.1 percentage points to 4.7%.</p>

March 2017

The labour market figures published on 15 March are another set of numbers pointing to modest improvement in employment prospects. Duncan Melville, Chief Economist at Learning and Work Institute, commented: 
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	The latest unemployment figure is 1,597,000. It has fallen by 7,000 from the figure published last month. On the basis of later claimant count figures, Learning and Work Institute estimates that unemployment may fall, although this remains highly uncertain. The unemployment rate did not change at 4.8%.</p>

February 2017

The labour market figures published on 15 February are at first sight a set of positive figures. 
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	The latest unemployment figure is 1,604,000. It has fallen by 12,000 from the figure published last month. On the basis of later claimant count figures, Learning and Work Institute estimates that unemployment may continue to decrease, although this remains highly uncertain. The unemployment rate did not change, at 4.8%.</p>

January 2017

The labour market figures published on 18 January are at first sight another set of concerning figures. However, there are perhaps some more positive signs in the numbers.
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	The latest unemployment figure is 1,616,000. It has risen by 12,000 from the figure published last month. On the basis of later claimant count figures, Learning and Work Institute estimates that unemployment may continue to rise, although this remains highly uncertain. The unemployment rate showed no change at 4.8%.</p>

December 2016

The latest labour market figures published on 14 December are the third consecutive monthly set of disappointing figures. It is clear that the UK labour market is now slowing.