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Employment rate reaches a new record high

19 March 2019

Employment rate reaches a new record high

Statistics released today by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) reveal the UK employment rate is at a record high.

Building Better Opportunities Stafford & South Staffordshire provides free support, advice and training across Stafford and South Staffordshire for those in the area that are currently not working.

The programme currently supports over 450 people living across Stafford and South Staffordshire and has the capacity to support hundreds more.

Jointly funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and European Social Fund, the programme is completely free for participants, allowing them to focus 100% on improving their personal, financial and employability skills one step at a time.

There are many reasons why people are not currently working, including; health reasons, childcare issues, financial restrictions, losing benefits, a lack of self-esteem or confidence, no access to transport or suitable clothing for interviews, out-of-date CV.  The list really is endless and often overwhelming.

Through a range of one-to-one support and tailored training Building Better Opportunities Stafford & South Staffordshire works with participants to boost their confidence, wellbeing and encourage a financially stable future.

Commenting on today’s labour market figures, ONS senior statistician Matt Hughes said: “The employment rate has reached a new record high while the proportion of people who are neither working nor looking for a job – the so-called ‘economic inactivity rate’– is at a new record low. The unemployment rate has also fallen below 4% for the first time since early 1975.”

·         The UK employment rate was estimated at 76.1%, higher than for a year earlier (75.3%) and the highest figure on record.

·         The UK unemployment rate was estimated at 3.9%; it has not been lower since November 1974 to January 1975.

·         The UK economic inactivity rate was estimated at 20.7%, lower than for a year earlier (21.2%) and the lowest figure on record.

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