This paper gives an overview of labour market statistics across the UK’s regions and countries. The spreadsheet published alongside this paper includes a ‘profile tool’ where you can select a region and see all data for that region presented in tables and charts.

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The table below shows the latest key labour market statistics for each of the UK’s regions and countries:

Employment

Between October 2018 and September 2019 the employment rate was highest in the South East (79.3%) and lowest in the North East (71.2%).

Employment rates across the UK fell following the 2008 recession, but since 2011/12, employment rates across all regions and countries have been increasing. Employment rates are currently higher than their pre-recession levels in all UK regions and countries.

Unemployment

The unemployment rate was highest in the North East (5.7%) and lowest in the East of England and Northern Ireland (3.0%).

Unemployment rates across the UK rose following the recession, but since 2011/12, unemployment rates across all regions and countries have been falling. The unemployment rate is now less than pre-recession levels in all UK regions and countries.

Part-time employment

Part-time working was most prevalent in the South West where 30.4% of those in employment were working part-time. Part-time working was least prevalent in London where 21.6% of those in employment were working part-time.

Self-employment

Self-employment was most prevalent in London where 18.5% of those in employment were self-employed. Self-employment was least prevalent in Scotland where 12.4% of workers were self-employed.

Average weekly earnings

The latest statistics from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings show that in April 2019 average weekly earnings were highest for full-time employees living in London (£699) and lowest in the North East (£531).

Average weekly earnings for full-time employees are, after adjusting for changes in prices, below their pre-recession levels in every region and country in the UK except Northern Ireland and Wales.

 

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