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Employment - National: Key Economic Indicators

Published Tuesday, October 15, 2019

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

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32.69 million people were in employment in June-August 2019. Employment was down 56,000 from the previous quarter but up 282,000 from the year before.

The employment rate (the proportion of the population aged 16-64 in work) was 75.9%, up from 75.6% a year previously. It compares to a post-recession low of 70.1% in July-September 2011.

15.44 million women were in work, a decrease of 32,000 from the previous quarter but an increase of 202,000 from a year ago. The female employment rate was 71.6%. 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, 24,000 fewer than the previous quarter but 80,000 more than a year ago. The male employment rate was 80.2%.

24.16 million people were working full-time, an increase of 73,000 from the previous quarter and an increase of 263,000 from a year ago. Part-time employment fell by 129,000 from the previous quarter but increased by 20,000 from the year before at 8.53 million.

Self-employment fell by 25,000 from the previous quarter but increased by 162,000 from the year before to 4.93 million. The number of people working as employees fell by 49,000 from the last quarter, but had an increase of 97,000 from the year before to 27.58 million.

Commons Briefing papers SN02796

Author: Niamh Foley

Topics: Economic situation, Employment

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