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Employment, unemployment and economic inactivity in East Riding of Yorkshire

How East Riding of Yorkshire compares with Yorkshire and The Humber and Great Britain across employment-related statistics

In East Riding of Yorkshire:

Employment rate 77.3% ages 16 to 64

Employment in East Riding of Yorkshire has decreased slightly compared with the previous year. East Riding of Yorkshire's employment rate was higher than across Yorkshire and The Humber as a whole in the year ending December 2023.

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Unemployment rate 2.6% ages 16+

Unemployment (people looking for work) has fallen slightly since a year earlier. The most recent unemployment rate for East Riding of Yorkshire was lower than across Yorkshire and The Humber as a whole.

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Claimant Count 2.6% ages 16 to 64

Claimant Count was slightly higher in March 2024 compared with a year earlier. The Claimant Count measures the number of people who are claiming unemployment-related benefits.

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Economic inactivity 20.7% ages 16 to 64

Economic inactivity has slightly increased since the previous year. These are people who are neither employed nor seeking work.

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Warning:

These estimates are less precise than national or regional figures because they are based on smaller numbers of survey respondents.

Local population changes also mean that the numbers of people in each area who are employed, unemployed and economically inactive in this article may be under- or over-estimates.

Estimates of employment and economic inactivity are based on the Annual Population Survey. Unemployment estimates are modelled to improve their precision compared to those based only on responses provided via the Annual Population Survey.

The Claimant Count is based on administrative data from the benefits system. These data are experimental statistics.

Employment in East Riding of Yorkshire has decreased slightly compared with the previous year

East Riding of Yorkshire's employment rate was higher than across Yorkshire and The Humber as a whole in the year ending December 2023.

Of people aged 16 to 64 years living in East Riding of Yorkshire, 77.3% were employed in the year ending December 2023. This is a slight decrease compared with the year ending December 2022 when the local rate was 77.6%.

Across Yorkshire and The Humber in the year ending December 2023, 74.2% of people aged 16 to 64 years were employed. This was slightly lower compared with the previous year, when 74.6% of people were employed.

Employment rates of areas in Yorkshire and The Humber

Among those aged 16 to 64 years (%), year ending December 2013 to year ending December 2023
Figures are based on a small number of survey responses in each area and are less precise than national or regional estimates. Ranking, and changes in ranking, may be the result of sampling variability.

Overall, there were 157,000 people aged 16 and over in East Riding of Yorkshire who were employed in the year ending December 2023. This is up from the previous year, when there were 155,000 people aged 16 and over who were employed.

Local population changes mean that the numbers of people in each area who are employed, unemployed and economically inactive in this article may be under- or over-estimates.

Unemployment fell slightly in East Riding of Yorkshire compared with the previous year

Unemployment estimates are modelled to improve their precision compared to those based only on responses provided via the Annual Population Survey.

Around 4,200 people aged 16 and over in East Riding of Yorkshire were unemployed in the year ending December 2023. This is a rate of 2.6%.

This was a slight decrease compared with the year ending December 2022 when the unemployment rate was 2.7%.

Across Yorkshire and The Humber, from the year ending December 2022 to the year ending December 2023, there was a decrease in the unemployment rate from 3.6% to 3.4%.

Year on year, the number of people unemployed in Yorkshire and The Humber fell from around 96,600 to around 92,500 over the same period.

Unemployment across Great Britain rose slightly between the year ending December 2022 and the year ending December 2023, going from around 1,180,000 people (3.6%) to around 1,240,000 (3.7%).

Unemployed people are those without jobs who are actively seeking work and available to take up a job. Some jobless people may not seek work or be able to work for various reasons, such as retirement, sickness, or study, and are called "economically inactive".

This means that the employment rate and the unemployment rate can both go up at the same time as people move into the labour market and become job seekers.

The unemployment rate is the number of unemployed people out of everyone "economically active" in the labour market, that is, everyone who is employed or looking for work. The employment rate is out of the working-age population including "economically inactive" people.

Highest unemployment rates (%) of areas in Yorkshire and The Humber, with East Riding of Yorkshire for comparison

Among those aged 16 and over and active in the labour market, year ending December 2023

Claimant Count in East Riding of Yorkshire was slightly higher than in the previous year

The Claimant Count is an experimental statistic that measures the number of people who are claiming unemployment-related benefits.

The Claimant Count in East Riding of Yorkshire was 5235 in March 2024, up from March 2023, when there were 4950 claimants.

The proportion of people aged 16 to 64 years in East Riding of Yorkshire who were claiming unemployment-related benefits was 2.6% in March 2024, a slight increase compared with March 2023 when it was 2.5%.

Claimant Count (%) for areas in Yorkshire and The Humber

Among those aged 16 to 64 years, March 2014 to March 2024

Economic inactivity has slightly increased in East Riding of Yorkshire compared with the previous year

Around 39,800 people or 20.7% of the population aged 16 to 64 years in East Riding of Yorkshire were "economically inactive" in the year ending December 2023. This compares with around 38,800 people (20.3%) in the year ending December 2022.

People are classed as "economically inactive" if they are not in employment but don't meet the criteria for being "unemployed". This means they have not been seeking work within the previous four weeks or were unable to start work within the next two weeks. Common reasons include being retired, looking after the home or family or being temporarily or long-term sick and disabled.

Economic inactivity in East Riding of Yorkshire is lower than across Yorkshire and The Humber.

Across Yorkshire and The Humber, 23.2% of people aged 16 to 64 years were economically inactive during the year ending December 2023, an increase compared with the year ending December 2022 when 22.6% were economically inactive.

Overall in Great Britain, 21.2% of people aged 16 to 64 years were economically inactive, compared with 21.5% in the previous year.

Economic inactivity in East Riding of Yorkshire compared with Yorkshire and The Humber

Residents aged 16 to 64 years (%), year ending December 2023
The estimate for East Riding of Yorkshire is based on a small number of survey responses and is less precise than national or regional estimates. Ranking may be the result of sampling variability.

More data about East Riding of Yorkshire

You can view and download more local labour market data on the East Riding of Yorkshire area profile page on Nomis.

Find more facts and figures about East Riding of Yorkshire.

More data on the labour market

The most recent labour market figures for all local authorities are in our associated data release.

You can also read our most recent labour market overview.

Historic data is available on Nomis. For employment and economic inactivity, see estimates from the Annual Population Survey. Data for model-based unemployment and Claimant Count (non-seasonally adjusted) are also available.

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