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Employment - National: Key Economic Indicators

Published Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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

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32.39 million people were in employment in June-August 2018. Employment was at a similar level to the previous quarter and was 289,000 higher than the year before.

The employment rate (the proportion of the population aged 16-64 in work) was 75.5%. The rate has increased from 75.1% a year previously. It compares to a post-recession low of 70.1% in July-September 2011.

15.24 million women were in work, down 24,000 from the previous quarter but 137,000 more than a year ago. The female employment rate was 71.0%. Recent increases in the rate are partly due to ongoing changes to the State Pension age for women.

17.16 million men were in work, 19,000 more than the previous quarter and 153,000 higher than the year before. The male employment rate was 80.1%.

23.90 million people were working full-time, up 39,000 from the previous quarter and 338,000 higher than a year ago.

There were 8.50 million people working part-time, 43,000 less than the previous quarter and 48,000 less than the previous year.

Self-employment fell by 29,000 from the previous quarter, to 4.76 million. The number of people working as employees was up 32,000 to 27.47 million.

1.52 million people were employed on a temporary basis, down 44,000 from the previous quarter and by 79,000 from the year before.

Commons Briefing papers SN02796

Author: Andy Powell

Topics: Economic situation, Employment

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