Number of people in work at record high

The number of people in work has risen to a record high, according to the latest figures released today.

And across the South East the picture is even better. The employment rate is well above the national average with nearly 79 per cent of people in work, compared to nearly 76 per cent across the rest of Britain.

Hastings & Rye MP Amber Rudd said:

“More people than ever before locally have the security of a regular pay packet, wages are continuing to rise faster than prices so people’s pay goes further and we’re working hard to deliver more, higher paying jobs.

“Behind every employment number is a person and a family whose self-esteem, mental wellbeing, economic circumstances and life chances are all vastly improved by being in the workplace, and we’re helping to create a better life for families across the country.

“Labour have proved this week that the only thing they bring to the table is a reckless plan for our economy that would set Hastings back, with Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell clobbering the pockets of families in our area.”


Notes to editors:

The number of people in work across the UK rose 141,000 on the quarter and 328,000 on the year to an all-time high of 32.53 million. There are nearly 3.5 million more people in work since the Conservatives came to office in 2010.

Today’s figures show:

  • Wages grew by 3.3%. Inflation was at 2.3% in November 2018, meaning wages continue to rise faster than prices.
  • Unemployment fell by 68,000 on the year and the unemployment rate is a record low at 4%.
  • Youth unemployment continues to fall, down 27,000 on the year and almost half of what it was in 2010.