Unemployment rate lower in North Somerset than England average

The unemployment rate in North Somerset last year was lower than the average for England.

The unemployment rate in North Somerset last year was lower than the average for England. - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

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.


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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."

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