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

Our goal is

The Council aims to achieve 5% above the national average for employment and this target has been achieved for 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.

For the latest reported figures (September 2017), the national employment rate for people aged 16-64 was 74.7%. Central Bedfordshire exceeded this rate by 6.8% which is 1.8% above the target, but a slight  decrease from June’s 2.3% above target.

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