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Employment - National: Key Economic Indicators

Published Friday, November 18, 2016

Employment: data on employment in the UK.

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31.80 million people were in employment in July-September 2016, up 49,000 from the previous quarter and up 461,000 from the previous year. The employment rate (the proportion of the population aged 16-64 in work) was 74.5%, up 0.7% points on the previous year and the joint highest rate since comparable records began in 1971.


Female employment increased by 47,000 over the past quarter to 14.88 million. The employment rate for women aged 16-64 was 69.8%.

16.92 million men were in work in July-September 2016, 2,000 higher than the previous quarter. The employment rate for men aged 16-64 was 79.4%.

Types of Employment

4.79 million people were self-employed, slightly lower than in the previous quarter. There was also an increase in the number of people working as employees, up 63,000 to 26.82 million.

23.24 million people were working full-time in July-September 2016, up 26,000 from the previous quarter and 350,000 higher than a year earlier. There were 8.56 million people working part-time, up 24,000 from the previous quarter and 110,000 higher than a year earlier.

1.63 million people were employed on a temporary basis, down 44,000 from the previous quarter and down 42,000 from the previous year.



Commons Briefing papers SN02796

Author: Jennifer Brown

Topics: Economic situation, Employment

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