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9 September, 2021 Open access

1.6 million people remained on furlough at 31 July 2021, new HMRC statistics show

With the CJRS due to close at the end of the month, new figures also show fifth consecutive monthly decrease, with number on furlough down by 340,000 compared to previous month

1.6 million people remained on furlough under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) at 31 July 2021, according to new HMRC statistics.

With the CJRS due to close at the end of September 2021, the new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme statistics: 9 September 2021 provide an analysis of claims for periods up to 31 July 2021, including claims submitted to HMRC by 16 August 2021.

HMRC's key findings include that -

Commenting on the figures, Chancellor Rish Sunak said today -

'It’s fantastic to see furlough levels at their lowest since the start of the pandemic with young people in particular getting back to work and kickstarting their careers as the UK gets back to business.

With furlough naturally unwinding and coming to a close at the end of the month we are doubling down on our Plan for Jobs - focusing our support on giving people the skills and opportunities they need to succeed in the jobs of tomorrow.'

NB - HMRC has also published Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) statistics: September 2021 which show that £27.1 billion has been paid in SEISS grants in total (up to 15 August 2021), and that across the five grants 2.9 million individuals have received a grant and 9.9 million total grants have been claimed.

HMRC's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme statistics: 9 September 2021 are available from gov.uk