People in employment aged 16 to 64 (% above national average)

Our goal

The Council aims to achieve 5% above the national average for employment and this target has been achieved for more than half of the records since March 2012. The most common reasons for missing the target have been a rise in the working-age population (at a more rapid rate than people finding work) and more over 50s choosing not to work.

The Central Bedfordshire employment rate for 16-64 year olds was 81.9% in December 2018. This is 0.4 percentage points higher than the revised rate for September and is 6.5 percentage points above rate for England (1.5 percentage points above target).


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