Latest ONS Figures Show the Difference Between Those Out of Work & Jobs Available

Tuesday 20 April, 2021 Written by 
Latest ONS Figures Show the Difference Between Those Out of Work & Jobs Available

UNEMPLOYMENT - This information from the ONS shows the relationsship between the numbers out of work and advertised jobs available. 

There are currently (officially) 2.8 people chasing every vacancy. 

The most recent unemployment rate - for December to February - was 4.9%, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

About 2.2 million people, or 6.5% of all workers, could be unemployed at the end of the year, the government's spending watchdog the Office for Budget Responsibility says.

The number of unemployed is expected to fall next year as the economy recovers.

According to the BBC in March 2021 there were 2.7 million seeking either Jobseeker's Allowance or universal credit because they were "searching for work". This compares with 1.4 million in March 2020, before the pandemic began to take effect.

These are the numbers of jobs available compare to those looking for work. 

VACS01   Vacancies1 and Unemployment  
            United Kingdom (thousands), seasonally adjusted    
                 
    All Vacancies1 (thousands) Unemployment2 (thousands) Number of unemployed people per vacancy        
    AP2Y MGSC JPC5        
                 
Apr-Jun 2001 (r) 680 1468 2.2        
May-Jul 2001 (r) 673 1472 2.2        
Jun-Aug 2001 (r) 661 1483 2.2        
Jul-Sep 2001 (r) 661 1487 2.2        
Aug-Oct 2001 (r) 637 1487 2.3        
Sep-Nov 2001 (r) 625 1495 2.4        
Oct-Dec 2001 (r) 602 1520 2.5        
Nov- Jan 2002 (r) 607 1518 2.5        
Dec-Feb 2002 (r) 616 1508 2.4        
Jan-Mar 2002 (r) 619 1515 2.4        
Feb-Apr 2002 (r) 619 1522 2.5        
Mar-May 2002 (r) 613 1542 2.5        
Apr-Jun 2002 (r) 616 1520 2.5        
May-Jul 2002 (r) 611 1527 2.5        
Jun-Aug 2002 (r) 613 1539 2.5        
Jul-Sep 2002 (r) 609 1566 2.6        
Aug-Oct 2002 (r) 609 1546 2.5        
Sep-Nov 2002 (r) 608 1532 2.5        
Oct-Dec 2002 (r) 603 1516 2.5        
Nov-Jan 2003 (r) 603 1480 2.5        
Dec-Feb 2003 (r) 594 1517 2.6        
Jan-Mar 2003 (r) 592 1531 2.6        
Feb-Apr 2003 (r) 585 1517 2.6        
Mar-May 2003 (r) 588 1486 2.5        
Apr-Jun 2003 (r) 579 1467 2.5        
May-Jul 2003 (r) 574 1506 2.6        
Jun-Aug 2003 (r) 578 1504 2.6        
Jul-Sep 2003 (r) 593 1502 2.5        
Aug-Oct 2003 (r) 605 1473 2.4        
Sep-Nov 2003 (r) 610 1461 2.4        
Oct-Dec 2003 (r) 614 1457 2.4        
Nov-Jan 2004 (r) 616 1442 2.3        
Dec-Feb 2004 (r) 617 1436 2.3        
Jan-Mar 2004 (r) 623 1434 2.3        
Feb-Apr 2004 (r) 630 1437 2.3        
Mar-May 2004 (r) 637 1435 2.3        
Apr-Jun 2004 (r) 640 1437 2.2        
May-Jul 2004 (r) 652 1423 2.2        
Jun-Aug 2004 (r) 654 1405 2.1        
Jul-Sep 2004 (r) 652 1401 2.1        
Aug-Oct 2004 (r) 653 1397 2.1        
Sep-Nov 2004 (r) 655 1407 2.1        
Oct-Dec 2004 (r) 661 1423 2.2        
Nov-Jan 2005 (r) 668 1425 2.1        
Dec-Feb 2005 (r) 657 1447 2.2        
Jan-Mar 2005 (r) 644 1416 2.2        
Feb-Apr 2005 (r) 635 1420 2.2        
Mar-May 2005 (r) 642 1436 2.2        
Apr-Jun 2005 (r) 641 1437 2.2        
May-Jul 2005 (r) 633 1424 2.2        
Jun-Aug 2005 (r) 624 1420 2.3        
Jul-Sep 2005 (r) 621 1437 2.3        
Aug-Oct 2005 (r) 610 1500 2.5        
Sep-Nov 2005 (r) 606 1538 2.5        
Oct-Dec 2005 (r) 608 1567 2.6        
Nov-Jan 2006 (r) 618 1551 2.5        
Dec-Feb 2006 (r) 610 1584 2.6        
Jan-Mar 2006 (r) 598 1604 2.7        
Feb-Apr 2006 (r) 597 1633 2.7        
Mar-May 2006 (r) 596 1664 2.8        
Apr-Jun 2006 (r) 603 1685 2.8        
May-Jul 2006 (r) 608 1698 2.8        
Jun-Aug 2006 (r) 611 1690 2.8        
Jul-Sep 2006 (r) 611 1693 2.8        
Aug-Oct 2006 (r) 619 1691 2.7        
Sep-Nov 2006 (r) 619 1674 2.7        
Oct-Dec 2006 (r) 619 1701 2.7        
Nov-Jan 2007 (r) 622 1703 2.7        
Dec-Feb 2007 (r) 628 1708 2.7        
Jan-Mar 2007 (r) 643 1704 2.7        
Feb-Apr 2007 (r) 646 1692 2.6        
Mar-May 2007 (r) 650 1670 2.6        
Apr-Jun 2007 (r) 658 1658 2.5        
May-Jul 2007 (r) 669 1645 2.5        
Jun-Aug 2007 (r) 680 1645 2.4        
Jul-Sep 2007 (r) 682 1650 2.4        
Aug-Oct 2007 (r) 683 1629 2.4        
Sep-Nov 2007 (r) 686 1633 2.4        
Oct-Dec 2007 (r) 686 1608 2.3        
Nov-Jan 2008 (r) 687 1617 2.4        
Dec-Feb 2008 (r) 692 1622 2.3        
Jan-Mar 2008 (r) 702 1622 2.3        
Feb-Apr 2008 (r) 693 1667 2.4        
Mar-May 2008 (r) 678 1625 2.4        
Apr-Jun2008 (r) 656 1680 2.6        
May-Jul 2008 (r) 642 1724 2.7        
Jun-Aug 2008 (r) 625 1793 2.9        
Jul-Sep 2008 (r) 615 1840 3.0        
Aug-Oct 2008 (r) 598 1875 3.1        
Sep-Nov 2008 (r) 563 1941 3.4        
Oct-Dec 2008 (r) 525 2003 3.8        
Nov-Jan 2009 (r) 493 2057 4.2        
Dec-Feb 2009 (r) 469 2128 4.5        
Jan-Mar 2009 (r) 459 2235 4.9        
Feb-Apr 2009 (r) 453 2296 5.1        
Mar-May 2009 (r) 444 2395 5.4        
Apr-Jun 2009 (r) 432 2448 5.7        
May-Jul 2009 (r) 433 2478 5.7        
Jun-Aug 2009 (r) 442 2484 5.6        
Jul-Sep 2009 (r) 441 2475 5.6        
Aug-Oct 2009 (r) 440 2484 5.6        
Sep-Nov 2009 (r) 442 2455 5.5        
Oct-Dec 2009 (r) 453 2453 5.4        
Nov-Jan 2010 (r) 457 2434 5.3        
Dec-Feb 2010 (r) 459 2496 5.4        
Jan-Mar 2010 (r) 461 2526 5.5        
Feb-Apr 2010 (r) 466 2510 5.4        
Mar-May 2010 (r) 479 2508 5.2        
Apr-Jun 2010 (r) 484 2488 5.1        
May-Jul 2010 (r) 482 2488 5.2        
Jun-Aug 2010 (r) 463 2476 5.3        
Jul-Sep 2010 (r) 458 2470 5.4        
Aug-Oct 2010 (r) 461 2513 5.5        
Sep-Nov 2010 (r) 477 2502 5.2        
Oct-Dec 2010 (r) 482 2503 5.2        
Nov-Jan 2011 (r) 490 2524 5.2        
Dec-Feb 2011 (r) 485 2492 5.1        
Jan-Mar 2011 (r) 480 2483 5.2        
Feb-Apr 2011 (r) 471 2462 5.2        
Mar-May 2011 (r) 461 2500 5.4        
Apr-Jun 2011 (r) 461 2540 5.5        
May-Jul 2011 (r) 460 2556 5.6        
Jun-Aug 2011 (r) 464 2611 5.6        
Jul-Sep 2011 (r) 467 2662 5.7        
Aug-Oct 2011 (r) 472 2677 5.7        
Sep-Nov 2011 (r) 466 2713 5.8        
Oct-Dec 2011 (r) 465 2689 5.8        
Nov-Jan 2012 (r) 469 2674 5.7        
Dec-Feb 2012 (r) 467 2655 5.7        
Jan-Mar 2012 (r) 464 2635 5.7        
Feb-Apr 2012 (r) 464 2625 5.7        
Mar-May 2012 (r) 470 2599 5.5        
Apr-Jun 2012 (r) 475 2577 5.4        
May-Jul 2012 (r) 481 2600 5.4        
Jun-Aug 2012 (r) 485 2551 5.3        
Jul-Sep 2012 (r) 490 2539 5.2        
Aug-Oct 2012 (r) 494 2534 5.1        
Sep-Nov 2012 (r) 497 2532 5.1        
Oct-Dec 2012 (r) 501 2535 5.1        
Nov-Jan 2013 (r) 497 2537 5.1        
Dec-Feb 2013 (r) 500 2584 5.2        
Jan-Mar 2013 (r) 503 2540 5.0        
Feb-Apr 2013 (r) 514 2525 4.9        
Mar-May 2013 (r) 522 2511 4.8        
Apr-Jun 2013 (r) 534 2515 4.7        
May-Jul 2013 (r) 540 2492 4.6        
Jun-Aug 2013 (r) 537 2504 4.7        
Jul-Sep 2013 (r) 549 2483 4.5        
Aug-Oct 2013 (r) 554 2404 4.3        
Sep-Nov 2013 (r) 570 2340 4.1        
Oct-Dec 2013 (r) 573 2357 4.1        
Nov-Jan 2014 (r) 581 2340 4.0        
Dec-Feb 2014 (r) 595 2256 3.8        
Jan-Mar 2014 (r) 616 2212 3.6        
Feb-Apr 2014 (r) 639 2161 3.4        
Mar-May 2014 (r) 652 2112 3.2        
Apr-Jun 2014 (r) 660 2061 3.1        
May-Jul 2014 (r) 667 2010 3.0        
Jun-Aug 2014 (r) 680 1972 2.9        
Jul-Sep 2014 (r) 685 1961 2.9        
Aug-Oct 2014 (r) 699 1953 2.8        
Sep-Nov 2014 (r) 703 1924 2.7        
Oct-Dec 2014 (r) 708 1870 2.6        
Nov-Jan 2015 (r) 715 1858 2.6        
Dec-Feb 2015 (r) 726 1840 2.5        
Jan-Mar 2015 (r) 733 1826 2.5        
Feb-Apr 2015 (r) 726 1813 2.5        
Mar-May 2015 (r) 726 1848 2.5        
Apr-Jun 2015 (r) 728 1849 2.5        
May-Jul 2015 (r) 739 1822 2.5        
Jun-Aug 2015 (r) 741 1779 2.4        
Jul-Sep 2015 (r) 741 1760 2.4        
Aug-Oct 2015 (r) 739 1715 2.3        
Sep-Nov 2015 (r) 741 1687 2.3        
Oct-Dec 2015 (r) 746 1688 2.3        
Nov-Jan 2016 (r) 753 1684 2.2        
Dec-Feb 2016 (r) 750 1700 2.3        
Jan-Mar 2016 (r) 749 1687 2.3        
Feb-Apr 2016 (r) 742 1666 2.2        
Mar-May 2016 (r) 744 1648 2.2        
Apr-Jun 2016 (r) 745 1643 2.2        
May-Jul 2016 (r) 747 1635 2.2        
Jun-Aug 2016 (r) 753 1668 2.2        
Jul-Sep 2016 (r) 756 1618 2.1        
Aug-Oct 2016 (r) 765 1613 2.1        
Sep-Nov 2016 (r) 759 1602 2.1        
Oct-Dec 2016 (r) 755 1585 2.1        
Nov-Jan 2017 (r) 748 1573 2.1        
Dec-Feb 2017 (r) 762 1550 2.0        
Jan-Mar 2017 (r) 769 1527 2.0        
Feb-Apr 2017 (r) 789 1520 1.9        
Mar-May 2017 (r) 784 1489 1.9        
Apr-Jun 2017 (r) 786 1485 1.9        
May-Jul 2017 (r) 785 1457 1.9        
Jun-Aug 2017 (r) 796 1452 1.8        
Jul-Sep 2017 (r) 806 1429 1.8        
Aug-Oct 2017 (r) 812 1422 1.8        
Sep-Nov 2017 (r) 818 1437 1.8        
Oct-Dec 2017 (r) 819 1463 1.8        
Nov-Jan 2018 (r) 816 1451 1.8        
Dec-Feb 2018 (r) 812 1419 1.7        
Jan-Mar 2018 (r) 811 1417 1.7        
Feb-Apr 2018 (r) 807 1416 1.8        
Mar-May 2018 (r) 819 1408 1.7        
Apr-Jun 2018 (r) 833 1362 1.6        
May-Jul 2018 (r) 840 1358 1.6        
Jun-Aug 2018 (r) 849 1363 1.6        
Jul-Sep 2018 (r) 855 1377 1.6        
Aug-Oct 2018 (r) 864 1373 1.6        
Sep-Nov 2018 (r) 859 1370 1.6        
Oct-Dec 2018 (r) 853 1363 1.6        
Nov-Jan 2019 (r) 851 1338 1.6        
Dec-Feb 2019 (r) 842 1343 1.6        
Jan-Mar 2019 (r) 838 1298 1.5        
Feb-Apr 2019 (r) 834 1304 1.6        
Mar-May 2019 (r) 834 1292 1.5        
Apr-Jun 2019 (r) 826 1329 1.6        
May-Jul 2019 (r) 826 1294 1.6        
Jun-Aug 2019 (r) 826 1314 1.6        
Jul-Sep 2019 (r) 831 1306 1.6        
Aug-Oct 2019 (r) 815 1281 1.6        
Sep-Nov 2019 (r) 807 1306 1.6        
Oct-Dec 2019 (r) 803 1290 1.6        
Nov-Jan 2020 (r) 803 1343 1.7        
Dec-Feb 2020 (r) 811 1364 1.7        
Jan-Mar 2020 (r) 785 1365 1.7        
Feb-Apr 2020 (r) 633 1367 2.2        
Mar-May 2020 (r) 476 1384 2.9        
Apr-Jun 2020 (r) 341 1381 4.0        
May-Jul 2020 (r) 381 1451 3.8        
Jun-Aug 2020 (r) 443 1522 3.4        
Jul-Sep 2020 (r) 507 1624 3.2        
Aug-Oct 2020 (r) 545 1692 3.1        
Sep-Nov 2020 (r) 564 1724 3.1        
Oct-Dec 2020 (r) 589 1744 3.0        
Nov-Jan 2021 (r) 597 1703 2.9        
Dec-Feb 2021 (r) 599 1675 2.8        
Jan-Mar 2021 (p) 607 .. ..        
            Data source: ONS Vacancy Survey/ Labour Force Survey    
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1. Excludes Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing.          
2. Unemployment estimates are produced from the Labour Force Survey and are always one period behind the ONS Vacancy Survey estimates. 
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