Monthly data on employment, unemployment and economic inactivity.
Headline labour market indicators, 3 months to December 2022
This headline provides a summary of the latest key statistics relating to the Welsh labour market, and includes data from the Labour Force Survey and experimental statistics from HMRC’s Pay As You Earn Real Time Information.
The employment rate in Wales was 71.8%. This is down 0.5 percentage points on the quarter and down 2.6 percentage points on the year.
The UK employment rate was 75.6%. This is up 0.2 percentage points on the quarter and up 0.2 percentage points on the year.
The unemployment rate in Wales was 3.5%. This is down slightly on the quarter and up 0.4 percentage points on the year.
The UK unemployment rate was 3.7%. This is up slightly on the quarter and down 0.3 percentage points on the year.
Economic inactivity rate
The economic inactivity rate in Wales was 25.5%. This is up 0.6 percentage points on the quarter and up 2.3 percentage points on the year.
The UK economic inactivity rate was 21.4%. This is down 0.3 percentage points on the quarter and up slightly 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 fell during the pandemic. The number of paid employees returned to pre-pandemic levels in July 2021, and has remained above since.
Early estimates for January 2023 indicate that the number of paid employees in Wales has increased by 1,700 (0.1%) over the month to 1.31 million.
At a UK level, early estimates for January 2023 showed a monthly increase of 102,500 (0.3%).
Other detailed breakdowns of paid employees including by local authority, by age and by sector are published by the Office for National Statistics.
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