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Annual Population Survey

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  • Release date: 28 September 2016
  • Period covered: Year ending 30 June 2016
  • Next update: December 2016
Labour market data for UK countries and regions and also for local areas.

The Annual Population Survey (APS) combines the boosted samples of the Labour Force Survey and provides rolling four-quarter labour market data for UK countries and regions and also for local areas. For Wales, the APS consists of a sample of about 18,000 households every year.

Key points

  • The employment rate for the population aged 16 to 64 in West Wales and the Valleys was 70.8 per cent, whilst the rate for East Wales was 72.4 per cent (Wales: 71.3 per cent, UK: 73.7 per cent).
  • In West Wales and the Valleys, the employment rate was up 5.8 percentage points since 2001 compared to a 1.6 percentage point increase for East Wales (Wales up 4.2 percentage points and UK up 1.4 percentage points).
  • The local authorities with the highest employment rates were Monmouthshire (77.7 per cent), Powys (76.8 per cent) and Wrexham (75.3 per cent). The lowest rates were in Blaenau Gwent (65.4 per cent), Neath Port Talbot (66.6 per cent) and Merthyr Tydil (66.9 per cent).

Quarterly data are published on StatsWales and a report is published annually.


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