There has been an increase in demand for company and small business payroll services in Cheltenham Gloucestershire as unemployment in the South West fell by 5,000 to 4.2 per cent.
This is a drop of 0.3 per cent on the quarter and is down 0.6 per cent on the year according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for the period February to April 2015.
Comparing the estimates for February to April 2015 with those for the 3 months to January 2015, employment continued to rise and unemployment continued to fall.
These changes maintain the general direction of movement since late 2011 to early 2012.
Overall there were 31.05 million people in work in the UK- 114,000 more than for the 3 months to January 2015 and 424,000 more than for a year earlier.
There were 22.74 million people working full time, 362,000 more than for a year earlier. There were 8.31 million people working part time, 63,000 more than for a year earlier.
The proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 in work (the employment rate) was 73.4%, up slightly from the 3 months to January 2015 (73.3%) and higher than for a year earlier (72.7%).
There were 1.81 million unemployed people. This was 43,000 fewer than for the 3 months to January 2015 and 349,000 fewer than for a year earlier.
The proportion of the economically active population who were unemployed (the unemployment rate) was 5.5%, lower than for the 3 months to January 2015 (5.7%) and for a year earlier (6.6%). Economically active people are those in work plus those seeking and available to work.
Comparing February to April 2015 with a year earlier, the pay for employees in Great Britain increased by 2.7% both including and excluding bonuses.
The main points of the employment payroll services market for Gloucestershire and the South West.
The employment rate in the United Kingdom, for the 3 months ending April 2015, was highest in the South West (77.3%) and lowest in Northern Ireland (68.4%). The employment rate estimates are showing a mix of increases and decreases across the regions and countries of the UK.
The inactivity rate in the United Kingdom, for the 3 months ending April 2015, was highest in Northern Ireland (27.0%) and lowest in the South West (19.2%). A year ago, the lowest inactivity rate in the UK was in the South East (19.7%).
The largest increase in workforce jobs, in the United Kingdom, for the 3 month period ending March 2015, was in the West Midlands, at 40,000. The largest decrease was in the South East, at 32,000.
The highest average actual weekly hours worked, for the twelve months ending December 2014, were in London, at 33.6 hours and lowest in the South West, at 31.2 hours. For full time workers, it was highest in London, at 38.3 hours and for part time workers it was highest in Northern Ireland, at 17.8 hours.
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