UK payrolls return to pre-pandemic levels, with vacancies at record – business live

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  • UK payrolls back to pre-pandemic levels in August
  • More than one million vacancies
  • But end to furlough scheme looms…

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UK company payrolls have returned to their pre-pandemic levels, and vacancies are at a record, as the long recovery from the Covid-19 crisis continues.

Vacancies grew on the quarter in June to August 2021 by 269,300 (35.2%), with all industry sectors increasing their number of vacancies and the majority reaching record levels; the largest increase was seen in accommodation and food service activities, which rose by 57,600 (75.4%).

Related: UK furlough scheme must stay for Covid-hit industries, warn unions and firms

Headline indicators for the UK labour market for May-July 2021 show

, UK payrolls return to pre-pandemic levels, with vacancies at record – business live, The Nzuchi Times Guardian

▪️ employment was 75.2%
▪️ unemployment was 4.6%
▪️ economic inactivity was 21.1%

In July there was some relief that US CPI remained steady at 5.4%, raising the possibility that we may have seen a peak. More encouragingly, core CPI slipped back from 4.5% in June to 4.3% in July, however even if central bankers seem sanguine about rising prices, US consumers definitely aren’t if the New York Fed’s latest survey of inflation expectations are anything to go by. Consumer expectations for inflation over the next three years are at a heady 4%, while for one year they are 5.2%.

The biggest worry aside from the surges we are seeing in energy prices, which is worrying enough, has been the continued rise in PPI last week to 8.3%, from 7.8%, which suggests that we may have only seen a pause in the upward trajectory in prices.

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