Some first quarter economic statistics

The Quarterly National Household Survey for January-March 2010.

Number at work in Q1, 2010 was 1,857,000 (-30,100)

Number at work in Q4, 2009 was 1,887,100

Number at work in Q1, 2009 was 1,965,000 (-108,000 in one year)

The economy has lost 266,500 jobs over the past two years.

Male employment is down 202,600 – over 76% of the total job losses.

The employment rate of persons between 15 and 64 fell to 60.2% in Q1. This is the lowest level since Q2 of 1998.

The unemployment rate in Q1 is 12.9%

In Q4 2009, it was 13.3% (? emigration or dropping out of labour market)

2010 Long term unemployed Q1 112,600 out of total 275,000

2009 Long term unemployed Q1 49,100 out of total 222,800

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