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Employment - National: Key Economic Indicators

Published Wednesday, January 23, 2019

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

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32.53 million people were in employment in September-November 2018. Employment was up 141,000 from the previous quarter and was 328,000 higher than the year before.

The employment rate (the proportion of the population aged 16-64 in work) was 75.8%, up from 75.5% in the previous quarter. This is the highest rate since comparable records began in 1971. It compares to a post-recession low of 70.1% in July-September 2011.

15.26 million women were in work, an increase of 23,000 from the previous quarter and 141,000 more than a year ago. The female employment rate was 71.2%. Increases in the rate over recent years are partly due to changes to the State Pension age for women.

17.28 million men were in work, 118,000 more than the previous quarter and 187,000 more than a year ago. The male employment rate was 80.3%.

24.02 million people were working full-time, up 126,000 from the previous quarter and 367,000 higher than a year ago.

There were 8.51 million people working part-time, up 15,000 from the previous quarter but down 39,000 from the previous year.

There was an increase in self-employment, up 93,000 from the previous quarter and 81,000 from the year before to 4.85 million. The number of people working as employees was up 58,000 from the quarter before and up 292,000 from the year before to 27.53 million.

1.53 million people were employed on a temporary basis, up slightly from the previous quarter and down 40,000 from a year ago.

Commons Briefing papers SN02796

Author: Andy Powell

Topics: Economic situation, Employment

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