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 March 2019 is 83.7%. This is an increase from the rate recorded for December 2018 and is 8.1 percentage points above the rate for England. It also remains significantly higher than the rates of the comparator areas.