The latest labour market figures are out today – not that you can miss them in the news today. However, it’s worth picking out the figures on incapacity as they tend to get missed in the main headlines. While the full release is available here, the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion newsletter does an excellent job of summarising these near-instantly, and the incapacity picture looks like this:

 

Data - CESI incapacity figure march 2015

 

So two things of note in the past few months: (i) incapacity claimants (mainly ESA) have been rising since Jul 2013, but are still lower than Autumn 2011; and (ii)  there’s a slight difference in the trends of incapacity benefit claims vs. people describing themselves as inactive due to long-term sickness.