Public Sector Employment Falls Everywhere but London

According to the Office for National Statistics, the number of people employed in the public sector fell in every English region apart from London in the second quarter of this year.

The largest decreases were in the North West where public sector employment fell by 9,000 (1.3 per cent); the North East, down by 5,000 (1.7 per cent); the West Midlands 4,000 (0.8 per cent) lower; and Yorkshire and the Humber where it was also down by 4,000 (0.7 per cent).  There were also decreases in Scotland (8,000; 1.3 per cent) and Northern Ireland (1,000; 0.4 per cent). 

Conversely, public sector employment rose by 18,000 in London (up 2.4 per cent) during this period.

Overall during the period March to June, public sector employment in the UK fell by 22,000 to 6.05 million, with a drop of 16,000 in central government, and 7,000 in local government.  However, there was  an increase of 1,000 in the numbers employed in public corporations.

Employment in the private sector increased by 308,000 in the private sector during the second quarter.

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