May Labour Market Statistics: Comment from the Institute for Employment Studies

IES News

18 May 2021

Commenting on today’s Labour Market Statistics, IES Director Tony Wilson said:

“Today’s figures confirm that the labour market is turning the corner – with a sharp rise in employee jobs in April as the economy reopened, vacancies rising and unemployment now clearly trending down.  However you don’t have to look too far to see the lasting damage caused by a year of lockdowns and disruption.  Long-term unemployment rose by more than a quarter in the last year, its fastest rate of growth since the 2010 crisis.  Older people in particular are now starting to see sharp rises, with long-term unemployment reaching its highest in five years.  With many firms reporting difficulties in filling jobs as the economy reopens, government and employers will need to do more to bring the long-term unemployed back into work and help avoid this crisis leading to lasting scars.”

Read the detailed IES Labour Market Statistics briefing note here