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The TUC conducts regular analysis of the UK labour market. Here you will find our latest research. You can find older material using the search facilities.

For regular analysis of labour market trends, see our Economic Reports series of monthly papers.

TUC Senior Policy Officer Richard Exell has recorded a series of short monthly video briefings on labour market trends, which you can view at the TUC's Vimeo channel.

The TUC Economic Dashboard widget (right) tracks labour market and economic figures by month. To see a full version of the dashboard, or to get a widget for your own website, visit the TUC's Touchstone blog.


Women are disadvantaged in the labour market; rising levels of female unemployment in the UK are even worse for women in the North East. Nationally, women’s unemployment has been over one million since 2010. In September 2011, the North East female unemployment rate hit double figures for the first time...
21 July 2014
Commenting on this week’s employment figures which show a fall in unemployment across the North West but a gap between average earnings and inflation, Lynn Collins, North West TUC Regional Secretary , said: “We are pleased to see unemployment fall in the North West and we’ve consistently called for job...
17 July 2014
Commenting on the latest unemployment figures published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics, which saw regular pay growth fall to 0.7 percentage points – its lowest level since records began – TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
16 July 2014
Commenting on the latest inflation figures published today (Tuesday), which show that all measures of inflation increased in June, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
15 July 2014
Unemployment rates and levels of joblessness are higher today than before the recession in every region and nation of the UK and across all working age groups – suggesting that the economy is still less healthy than it was before the recession, the TUC warns today (Monday) ahead of the...
14 July 2014
Commenting on a new analysis of earnings growth over the last 40 years, published today (Thursday) by the Office for National Statistics, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The last 40 years show a picture of growing wage inequality. The more you earn, the faster your pay goes up, while...
03 July 2014
The UK’s jobs recovery may be well underway, but the government’s work programme is wasting money and failing to help the people who find it the hardest to access work, says the TUC today (Wednesday).
02 July 2014
Inner London is the only area of the country to have a higher rate of job starts than before the recession, while job creation in some parts of the country is down 31 per cent on pre-recession levels, according to a new TUC report published today (Monday).
23 June 2014
Young people not in full-time education are now less likely to be in work than people of other ages and their prospects are declining, despite the recent recovery in the jobs market, the TUC warns today (Sunday) ahead of a new report on full employment to be published tomorrow.
22 June 2014
Commenting on new figures published today (Wednesday) by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which found that the unemployment rate for men (12.9 per cent) and women (10.8 per cent) with no qualifications was more than twice that of people with at least one qualification (5.2 per cent for men,...
18 June 2014

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