UK employment suffered its sharpest decline in additional than 4 years within the three months to September because the variety of job vacancies additionally plunged, new figures reveal.
The variety of folks in work declined by 58,000 to 32.75 million within the quarter, because the variety of folks turning into economically inactive jumped larger, the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics (ONS) mentioned.
Nevertheless, the droop in employment was smaller than analysts predicted, having forecast a decline of 102,000.
The quarterly decline in employment was nonetheless the heaviest since Could 2015, when the extent fell by 65,000.
The ONS mentioned the falling variety of folks working in retail, on the again of a lot of a current main collapses and retailer closure programmes on the excessive avenue, considerably contributed to the droop in employment.
Regardless of the falling variety of folks in work, the quantity of people that had been unemployed for the interval additionally fell, dipping by 23,000 to 1.31 million.
Analysts had predicted that the speed of employment would keep flat at 3.9%, however the figures revealed a lower to three.8% for the interval.
The autumn in each employment and unemployment was pushed by a rise within the variety of folks deemed economically inactive, which covers individuals who haven’t been looking for work or are unable to work.
The slowdown within the labour market was additionally highlighted by one other decline within the variety of UK job vacancies, with the variety of roles reporting the most important annual drop in virtually 10 years.
The ninth consecutive month-to-month droop in vacancies noticed the variety of positions marketed fall by 18,000 to 800,000 as the speed of decline accelerated from the earlier interval.
Wage progress additionally noticed the second consecutive month of decline as earnings remained marginally beneath their pre-financial disaster peak.
Whole pay continued to develop a lot sooner than inflation, however the fee of progress slowed to three.6% from 3.8% progress reported final month. Analysts had predict progress would keep flat at 3.8%.
Statisticians mentioned the typical weekly pay, in actual phrases earlier than tax, for folks within the UK was £470 per week.
An ONS spokesman mentioned: “The employment fee is larger than a 12 months in the past, although broadly unchanged in current months.
“Vacancies have seen their greatest annual fall since late 2009, however stay excessive by historic requirements.
“The variety of EU nationals in work was little or no modified on the 12 months, with virtually all the expansion in abroad employees coming from non-EU nationals.”