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  • Release date: 18 July 2017
  • Period covered: 3 months to May 2017
  • Next update: 17 August 2017
Monthly data which covers topics such as employment, indices, exports and earnings.

The Labour Force Survey estimates for the 3 months to May 2017

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.

  • Wales - The employment rate in Wales was 72.6 per cent. This is 0.5 percentage points down on the quarter and unchanged on the year.
  • UK - The UK employment rate was 74.9 per cent. This is 0.3 percentage points up on the quarter and 0.6 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 overall in both Wales and the UK over the last 4 years.

  • Wales - The unemployment rate in Wales was 4.6 per cent. This is down 0.2 percentage points on the quarter and up 0.1 percentage points on the year.
  • UK - The UK unemployment rate was 4.5 per cent. This was down 0.2 percentage points on the quarter and 0.5 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.

  • Wales - The economic inactivity rate in Wales was 23.8 per cent. This is up 0.7 percentage points on the quarter and down 0.1 percentage points on the year.
  • UK - The UK economic inactivity rate was 21.5 per cent. This is down 0.2 percentage points on the quarter and 0.2 percentage points down on the year.

Claimant Count

Claimant Count has been removed from the ONS labour market release because it may now be providing a misleading representation of the UK labour market.

From June 2015 the Claimant Count statistics were designated as experimental due to the impact of Universal Credit, which is designed so a broader span of claimants is required to look for work than under Jobseeker's Allowance. This means that once Universal Credit is fully rolled out, the Claimant Count is likely to be higher than it would otherwise be under Jobseeker's Allowance. The impact has increased as roll-out of Universal Credit has progressed and the seasonally-adjusted claimant count series has become more volatile.

We will continue to publish Claimant Count data on StatsWales.

Contact

Statistician
Tel: 0300 025 6960
Email: economic.stats@gov.wales

Media
Tel: 0300 025 8099

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