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Employment - National: Key Economic Indicators

Published Tuesday, August 13, 2019

A summary of the latest data on employment in the UK.

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32.81 million people were in employment in April-June 2019. Employment was up 115,000 from the previous quarter and up 425,000 from the year before.

The employment rate (the proportion of the population aged 16-64 in work) was 76.1%, the joint-highest rate since comparable records began in 1971, and up from 75.5% a year previously. It compares to a post-recession low of 70.1% in July-September 2011.

15.55 million women were in work, an increase of 127,000 from the previous quarter and 322,000 more than a year ago. The female employment rate was 72.1%. Increases in the rate over recent years are partly due to changes to the State Pension age for women.

17.26 million men were in work, 12,000 fewer than the previous quarter but 103,000 more than a year ago. The male employment rate was 80.1%.

24.11 million people were working full-time, little changed from the previous quarter but up 262,000 from a year ago. Part-time employment increased by 118,000 from the previous quarter and by 162,000 from the year before at 8.70 million.

Self-employment increased by 29,000 from the previous quarter and by 188,000 from the year before to 4.96 million. The number of people working as employees increased by 76,000 from the last quarter, and by 216,000 from the year before to 27.67 million.

Commons Briefing papers SN02796

Author: Niamh Foley

Topics: Economic situation, Employment

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