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, the national employment rate for people aged 16-64 was 74.4%. Central Bedfordshire exceeded this rate by 7.3% (2.3% above target). While there was a reduction in the number of people aged 25-34 years in employment, there was an increase across all other age groups.