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Employment - National: Key Economic Indicators

Published Tuesday, July 16, 2019

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

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32.75 million people were in employment in March-May 2019. Employment was up 28,000 from the previous quarter and up 354,000 from the year before.

The employment rate (the proportion of the population aged 16-64 in work) was 76.0%, down slightly from 76.1% in the previous quarter. The rate is, however, at a historically high level. It compares to a post-recession low of 70.1% in July-September 2011.

15.47 million women were in work, an increase of 59,000 from the previous quarter and 212,000 more than a year ago. The female employment rate was 72.0%. 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, 31,000 fewer than the previous quarter but 142,000 more than a year ago. The male employment rate was 80.2%.

24.09 million people were working full-time, down 58,000 from the previous quarter but up 247,000 from a year ago. Part-time employment increased by 86,000 from the previous quarter and by 107,000 from the year before at 8.66 million.

Self-employment increased by 123,000 from the previous quarter and by 167,000 from the year before to 4.96 million. The number of people working as employees fell by 85,000 from the last quarter, but there was an increase of 188,000 from the year before to 27.63 million.

Commons Briefing papers SN02796

Author: Niamh Foley

Topics: Economic situation, Employment

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