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Release: Regional labour market, January 2016

Released: 20 January 2016 (Latest) Next edition: 17 February 2016
  • The UK employment rate, for the 3 months ending November 2015, was highest in the South East (77.9%) and lowest in Northern Ireland (68.8%). The employment rate estimates showed quite a few large movements for the regions and countries of the UK.

  • The UK unemployment rate, for the 3 months ending November 2015, was highest in the North East (7.9%) and lowest in the South East (3.7%). The general pattern for all regions is still for flat or gently decreasing unemployment rates.

  • The UK inactivity rate, for the 3 months ending November 2015, was highest in Northern Ireland (26.7%) and lowest in the South East (19.0%). The largest change in the inactivity rate, compared with the same period last year, was in the North West, which decreased by 1.4 percentage points.

  • The UK Claimant Count rate, for December 2015, was highest in Northern Ireland (4.3%) and lowest in the South East (1.2%). Compared with November 2015, the only regions to show a decrease in the Claimant Count rate were Northern Ireland and Yorkshire and The Humber, both at 0.1 percentage point, while all other regions remained unchanged.

  • The largest increase in UK workforce jobs, for September 2015, was in the South West, at 39,000. The largest decrease was in the North East, at 26,000.

  • The highest proportion of workforce jobs in the service sector was in London, at 91.7%, which has remained unchanged since June 2015. The West Midlands had the highest proportion of jobs in the production sector, at 12.9%.

  • The highest average actual weekly hours worked, for the 12 months ending September 2015, was in Northern Ireland, at 33.6 hours and lowest in Yorkshire and The Humber, at 31.3 hours. For both full-time and part-time workers, it was highest in Northern Ireland, at 38.3 hours and 17.0 hours, respectively.

In this release

Latest key labour market statistics for the regions and countries of the UK along with statistics for local authorities, travel-to-work areas and parliamentary constituencies.

This bulletin includes:

  • Labour Force Survey estimates

  • Claimant Count

  • Annual Population Survey estimates

  • Public and private sector employment

  • Workforce jobs estimates

There is an article on the website to help users interpret labour market statistics and highlight some common misunderstandings. A more detailed guide to Labour Market Statistics is also available.

The UK Labour Market Statistical Bulletin and data for Northern Ireland are available separately.

Further Labour Market Statistics are available on the NOMIS website.

An interactive map showing Jobseeker's Allowance proportions by local authority over time is available. It shows Jobseeker’s Allowance proportions for males, females, 18 to 24 year olds and those claiming for over 12 months.

The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

Designation can be broadly interpreted to mean that the statistics:

  • meet identified user needs;
  • are well explained and readily accessible;
  • are produced according to sound methods; and
  • are managed impartially and objectively in the public interest.

Once statistics have been designated as National Statistics it is a statutory requirement that the Code of Practice shall continue to be observed.

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