Rising unemployment (3)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 8th January 2021.

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Photo of Leonie Cooper Leonie Cooper Labour

It is clear that some sectors, especially retail, hospitality, aviation, culture and creative, are being hit harder by rising unemployment than others. Can you give a breakdown of levels of unemployment in these sectors, using the most up to date figures available?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Between the March and September quarters, the unemployment rate rose from 4.7% to 6.0% in London (1.3 percentage points, pp), and from  4.0% to 4.8% in the UK (0.8pp).

Data on unemployment by previous industrial sector is only available at the UK level. The data is not seasonally adjusted, meaning results should be interpreted with caution when compared within a single year. It is possible there are seasonal patterns to employment within particular sectors. The industry categories do not map with those requested, only to Standard industrial Classification (SIC) 2007. For the UK, this data shows that between the March and September quarters: