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Employment - National: Key Economic Indicators

Published Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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

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32.48 million people were in employment in August-October 2018. Employment was up 79,000 from the previous quarter and was 396,000 higher than the year before.

The employment rate (the proportion of the population aged 16-64 in work) was 75.7%, up from 75.5% the previous quarter. This is the joint highest rate since comparable records began in 1971. It compares to a post-recession low of 70.1% in July-September 2011.

15.24 million women were in work, a slight increase from the previous quarter and 131,000 more than a year ago. The female employment rate was 71.2%. Recent increase in the rate are partly due to ongoing changes to the State Pension age for women.

17.24 million men were in work, 70,000 more than the previous quarter and 265,000 higher than the year before. The male employment rate was 80.3%.

23.97 million people were working full-time, up 110,000 from the previous quarter and 428,000 higher than a year ago.

There were 8.51 million people working part-time, 31,000 less than the previous quarter and 32,000 less than the previous year.

Self-employment fell by 29,000 from the previous quarter, to 4.77 million. The number of people working as employees was up 115,000 to 27.54 million.

1.52 million people were employed on a temporary basis, down slightly from the previous quarter and by 75,000 from the year before.

Commons Briefing papers SN02796

Author: Andy Powell

Topics: Economic situation, Employment

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