Monthly data which covers topics such as employment, indices, exports and earnings.
Headline labour market indicators, 3 months to October 2020
The headline labour market indicators estimated from the Labour Force Survey 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.
Wales: The employment rate in Wales was 72.4%. This is 1.4 percentage points down on the quarter and 1.9 percentage points down on the year. Last month, Wales experienced the largest quarterly decrease in the employment rate since records began in 1992.
UK: The UK employment rate was 75.2%. This is 0.5 percentage points down on the quarter and 0.9 percentage points down on the year.
Wales: The unemployment rate in Wales was 4.6%. This is 1.4 percentage points up on the quarter and 1.0 percentage points up on the year. Last month, Wales experienced the largest quarterly increase in the unemployment rate since records began in 1992.
UK: The UK unemployment rate was 4.9%. This is 0.7 percentage points up on the quarter and 1.2 percentage points up on the year.
Economic inactivity rate
Wales: The economic inactivity rate in Wales was 24.0%. This is 0.4 percentage points up on the quarter and 1.1 percentage points up on the year.
UK: The UK economic inactivity rate was 20.8%. This is unchanged on the quarter and 0.1 percentage points down on 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.
The number of paid employees has generally increased in recent years, but has fallen during the pandemic. Early estimates for November 2020 indicate that the number of paid employees in Wales was 1.23 million. This was a decrease of 30,300 (2.4%) on February 2020, but a slight increase of 2,900 (0.2%) compared with the lowest point in July.
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