Employment rate at highest since records began

14 September 2017

The employment rate is at a record high of 75.3% with a record 32.14 million people in work.

Official employment figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that there are now a record number of people in work, the highest level since records began in 1971.

The figures also show that unemployment is at 4.3%, the lowest since 1975.

According to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) the increase is due to people of all ages finding work, with employment levels of those over 50 in work reaching a record high, youth unemployment falling by over 40% since 2010 and the proportion of young people who are unemployed and not in full time education dropping below 5% for the first time. These record figures have been driven by increases in full-time and permanent work. In the last year there has been a shift from part-time to full-time employment, 20,000 fewer people relying on zero hour contracts and full-time and permanent employment are both at a record high.

Figures from September 2017 Labour Market Statistics also show:

  • The employment rate shows an increase of 379,000 on the year

  • There are a near record 774,000 vacancies in the economy at any one time

  • The number of people in employment has increased by over 3 million since 2010

  • The female employment rate is at a record high of 70.8%, with over 15.1 million women in work

  • The UK has the third highest employment rate in the G7