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 years old was 83.4% in June 2018. This is 8.2% above the National Rate (3.2% above target). This represents a 3.3% increase on the previous reporting period with 147,200 (up from 142,500) now in employment.