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  • Release date: 16 September 2016
  • Period covered: 3 months to July 2016 and August 2016
  • Next update: 19 October 2016
Monthly data which covers topics such as employment, indices, exports and earnings.

The Labour Force Survey estimates for the 3 months to July 2016

Employment rate

Chart showing the percentage of the population aged 16-64 who are employed for Wales and the UK. The employment rate in the UK is higher than in Wales over the last 10 years. The rate has steadily increased in the UK over the last 4 years but has fluctuated in Wales. The employment rate in Wales has fluctuated over this period, but has increased in the latest quarter.

  • Wales - The employment rate in Wales was 73.2 per cent. This is 1.2 percentage points up on the quarter and 1.9 percentage points up on the year.
  • UK - The UK employment rate was 74.5 per cent. This is 0.3 percentage points up on the quarter and 1.0 percentage points up on the year.

Unemployment rate

Chart showing the percentage of economically active people aged 16+ who are unemployed for Wales and the UK. The unemployment rate has decreased in both Wales and the UK over the last 4 years. The rate in Wales is now below the rate in the UK.

  • Wales - The unemployment rate in Wales was 4.1 per cent. This is 0.7 percentage points down on the quarter and 2.3 percentage points down on the year.
  • UK - The UK unemployment rate was 4.9 per cent. This is 0.1 percentage points down on the quarter and 0.6 percentage points down on the year.

Economic inactivity rate

Chart showing the percentage of the population aged 16-64 who are economically inactive for Wales and the UK. The economic inactivity rate in Wales is higher than in the UK over the last 10 years. The rate has steadily decreased in the UK over the last 4 years but has fluctuated in Wales. The economic inactivity rate in Wales has fluctuated over this period, but is unchanged in the latest quarter.

  • Wales - The economic inactivity rate in Wales was 23.6 per cent. This is 0.7 percentage points down on the quarter and 0.1 percentage points down on the year.
  • UK - The UK economic inactivity rate was 21.5 per cent. This is 0.2 percentage points down on the quarter and 0.6 percentage points down on the year.

For August 2016: Claimant count rate

Chart showing the percentage of the civilian population claiming Jobseeker's Allowance or out of work Universal Credit for Wales and the UK. The claimant count rate in Wales is higher than in the UK over the last 10 years. The rate has fallen overall in Wales and the UK over the last 3 years. The claimant count rate increased in both Wales and the UK between 2011 and the end of 2012. The rate then decreased until early 2015 and then showed little change. It has decreased in early 2016.

Wales - The claimant count rate in Wales was 2.9 per cent. This is unchanged on the month and 0.1 percentage points down on the year.
UK - The UK claimant count rate was 2.2 per cent. This is unchanged on the month and 0.1 percentage points down on the year.

Contact

Statistician
Tel: 029 2082 6960
Email: economic.stats@wales.gsi.gov.uk

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