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Annual Population Survey (APS)

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  • Release date: 20 September 2018
  • Period covered: Year to 30 June 2018
Labour market data for UK countries and regions and also for local areas.

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

  • The employment rate for the population aged 16 to 64 in Wales was 72.6 per cent compared with 74.9 per cent in the UK. In West Wales and the Valleys the rate was 71.0 per cent, whilst the rate for East Wales was 75.0 per cent.
  • Since 2001, the employment rate increased by 5.4 percentage points in Wales and by 2.6 percentage points in the UK. In West Wales and the Valleys, the employment rate increased by 6.1 percentage points compared with a 4.2 percentage point increase for East Wales.
  • The local authorities with the highest employment rates were Powys (80.1 per cent), Wrexham (79.3 per cent) and Monmouthshire (77.1 per cent). The lowest rates were in Neath Port Talbot (67.3 per cent), Ceredigion (67.3 per cent) and Blaenau Gwent (67.9 per cent).

Further information

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

Contact

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

Media
Tel: 0300 025 8099

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