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Cities with highest rate of employment in the United Kingdom (UK) 2017/18

Cities with the highest employment rate in the United Kingdom (UK) from July 2017 to June 2018*

by Daniel Clark, last edited Aug 9, 2019
Cities with highest rate of employment in the United Kingdom (UK) 2017/18 Worthing’s employment rate of 85.8 percent was the highest in the United Kingdom in 2018, with the West Sussex town being only one of five towns that had an employment rate higher than 80 percent. The other four towns were Southend, Preston, Oxford and Gloucester, which had employment rates of 83 percent, 82.8 percent, 81.2 percent and 80.1 percent respectively.
Lowest employment rate in Blackburn
In contrast to Worthing, the town of Blackburn in the North West of England had the worst employment rate in the United Kingdom in 2018, at just 64.1 percent. Several other Northern English towns were also in the top ten worst for employment, including Middlesbrough with 67.8 percent, Bradford at 68.1 percent and Liverpool at 68.4 percent. At a regional level, the North East of England had the worst unemployment rate with 5.4 percent of it’s working population unemployed.

Encouraging employment data going into 2019
While the regional disparity in employment is certainly concerning for the United Kingdom the first employment data available for 2019 showed a healthy employment rate of 76.1 percent, which is also the highest it has been since 1971, when records began.
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Cities with the highest employment rate in the United Kingdom (UK) from July 2017 to June 2018*

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