Labour market data for UK countries and regions and also for local areas for 2018.

The APS combines the boosted samples of the Labour Force Survey. It 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

Employment

  • The employment rate for the population aged 16 to 64 in Wales was 73.1% compared with 75.0% in the UK.

  • Since 2001, the employment rate increased by 6.0 percentage points in Wales and by 2.7 percentage points in the UK.

  • The local authorities with the highest estimated employment rates were Wrexham (78.6%), Vale of Glamorgan (78.5%) and Monmouthshire (78.0%). The lowest rates were in Swansea (66.5%), Ceredigion (69.6%) and Torfaen (70.5%).

Unemployment

  • The unemployment rate for the population aged 16 and over in Wales was 4.5%, compared with 4.2% in the UK.

  • Since 2001, the unemployment rates in Wales and the UK both fell by 0.9 percentage points.

  • The local authorities with the lowest estimated unemployment rates were Powys (2.0%), Ceredigion (2.2%) and Denbighshire (2.3%). The highest rates were in Rhondda Cynon Taf (7.1%), Swansea (6.2%) and Merthyr Tydfil (6.0%).

Youth unemployment

  • The youth unemployment rate in Wales was 14.0%, above the UK rate of 11.6%.

  • Since 2001, the youth unemployment rate has fallen by 0.2 percentage points in Wales and by 0.1 percentage points in the UK.

Long term unemployment

  • 25.0% of unemployed people in Wales had been unemployed for 12 months or more. This compares to 25.1% in the UK.

​​​​​​​Economic inactivity

  • The economic inactivity rate for the population aged 16 to 64 in Wales was 23.3% compared with 21.7% in the UK.

  • Since 2001, the economic inactivity rate decreased by 5.6 percentage points in Wales and by 2.2 percentage points in the UK.

  • The local authorities with the lowest estimated economic inactivity rates were Wrexham (18.5%), Vale of Glamorgan (18.5%) and Monmouthshire (19.5%). The highest rates were in Swansea (28.9%), Ceredigion (28.9%) and Bridgend (25.9%).

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