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Low levels of unemployment might not translate into improved living standards

The official figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on unemployment today revealed that:

  • 5% unemployment in London is near record low (persons aged 16-64, April-June 2018), driven in particular by fewer young people and fewer women out of work.
  • The young person (18-24 year old) unemployment rate was 12.7%, 2.1 percentage points lower than the same point last year.
  • Overall female unemployment in London was down 1.2 percentage points, compared to the same period last year, and now stands at 5.3%.
  • London still has a marginally higher unemployment rate than the rest of the country (4%), but the latest figures show a small gap in contrast to historical trends.

Responding to the figures, Ben Rogers, Director at Centre for London:

“Despite the strong Brexit headwind, London is demonstrating resilience. These low levels of unemployment are encouraging, with particularly strong job growth in Real Estate, Information and Communication and the Arts sectors.

“But high costs of living the in capital means that strong labour market performance is not necessarily translating into improved living standards for ordinary Londoners. And there are worries over pay levels for some groups, especially for those entering the labour market. These could be stumbling blocks for London in the future.”