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Coronavirus (COVID-19) roundup:11 August 2020

ONS have published the latest UK labour market statistics, as well as deaths registrations in England and Wales. Some of the main points include:

  • PAYE estimates for July 2020 suggest that the number of paid employees in the UK is down by around 730,000 compared with March 2020

  • There are fewer self-employed and part-time workers, although unemployment is largely unchanged because of increases in economic inactivity (people out of work and not currently looking for work)

  • With millions of workers on furlough, the average number of actual hours worked per week fell by a record 5.6 hours on the quarter to a series low of 25.8 hours in April to June 2020

  • There were an estimated 370,000 UK job vacancies in May to July 2020, up by 10% from the record low in April to June 2020 (some smaller businesses were looking for additional staff to meet coronavirus guidelines)

  • There were 51,710 deaths involving COVID-19 registered up to 31 July (28,455 men and 23,255 women)

  • The total number of deaths in the week ending 31 July was 8,946, below the five-year average for the seventh consecutive week

Read the ONS roundup