This quarter’s Labour Market Statistics have been released this morning and there’s a little bit of good news. The figures are for May-July 2013.
There are 42,000 less people economically inactive due to long-term sickness compared with the figure for February to April 2013. This gives a percentage of 22.3 per cent of people who are currently economically inactive due to long-term sickness – a total of 1,994,000 people.
The figure has fluctuated up and down slightly each quarter but has always – since May 2011 – stayed within the region of the 2-million-and-something. Today’s stats release is the first time since then that the figure has dropped below 2 million.