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.

For the latest reported figures (December 2017), the national employment rate for people aged 16-64 was 75.1%. Central Bedfordshire exceeded this rate by 7.6% (2.6% above target and an increase on last quarter).



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