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Monthly data on employment, unemployment and economic inactivity.

Headline labour market indicators, 3 months to February 2022

The headline labour market indicators estimated from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) provide an indication of how the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is affecting the labour market. Other data sources, such as the number of paid employees presented later in this headline, can also be used to produce a more complete picture.

Employment rate

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The employment rate in the UK is generally higher than in Wales over the last 10 years.

Wales

The employment rate in Wales was 74.1%. This is up slightly on the quarter and up 0.9 percentage points on the year.

UK

The UK employment rate was 75.5%. This is unchanged on the quarter and up 0.8 percentage points on the year.

Unemployment rate

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The unemployment rate has decreased overall in both Wales and the UK over the last 10 years. The rate increased following the start of the coronavirus pandemic, but has been decreasing since the start of 2021.

Wales

The unemployment rate in Wales was 3.0%. This is down 0.4 percentage points on the quarter and down 1.9 percentage points on the year. This is the joint lowest unemployment rate since April to June 2020 and the largest annual decrease since May to July 2016.

UK

The UK unemployment rate was 3.8%. This is down 0.2 percentage points on the quarter and down 1.2 percentage points on the year. This is the lowest unemployment rate since October to December 2019.

Economic inactivity rate

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The economic inactivity rate has generally decreased in the UK over the last 10 years but has generally increased since the end of 2020. Whereas, the rate has fluctuated in Wales.

Wales

The economic inactivity rate in Wales was 23.6%. This is up 0.3 percentage points over the quarter and up 0.6 percentage points on the year.

UK

The UK economic inactivity rate was 21.4%. This is up 0.2 percentage points over the quarter and up 0.2 percentage points over the year.

Monthly paid employees and earnings from Pay As You Earn Real Time Information

The Office for National Statistics and HM Revenue & Customs publish data for Wales on payrolled employees, mean pay, aggregate pay and single month estimates for median pay.

Paid Employees

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The chart shows a generally upward trend of paid employees over the past few years and then a steep decrease from March 2020 until July. Since the end of 2020, the number of paid employees has generally been increasing.

The number of paid employees has generally increased in recent years, but fell during the pandemic. The number of paid employees began increasing again at the end of 2020 and is now above the pre-pandemic level.
Early estimates for March 2022 indicate that the number of paid employees in Wales has increased by 1,700 (0.1%) over the month to 1.29 million. This is above the pre-pandemic estimates from February 2020, and an increase of 59,900 since the lowest point of the pandemic in November 2020. 
Early estimates for March 2022 at a UK level showed a monthly increase of 35,200.

Other detailed breakdowns of paid employees including by local authority, by age and by sector are published by the Office for National Statistics.

Reports

Labour market overview, April 2022 , file type: PDF, file size: 1 MB

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