Unemployment rate lower in North Somerset than England average
PUBLISHED: 14:15 03 July 2019 | UPDATED: 14:15 03 July 2019
North Somerset had a lower than average unemployment rate compared to other areas in England last year, new figures show.
Office for National Statistics data shows 2.8 per cent or people aged 16-64 - totalling about 3,000 - were seeking work, which was lower than the England average at 4.1 per cent.
In the UK as a whole, unemployment stood at 4.2 per cent.
Fewer people were out of work last year in North Somerset than in 2017, when the rate was 2.9 per cent.
There were a further 21,000 people on average considered inactive in the area last year, as they were not actively seeking work for at least four weeks.
Full-time workers in the area earned a median weekly salary of £579 in 2018, compared to £575 across England.
ONS's deputy head of labour market statistics, Matt Hughes, said: "The jobs market remains robust, with the number of people in work continuing to grow."