|Indicator||Quarter 4 2017||Annual change|
|In labour force||2,375,200||+43,400|
|Not in labour force||1,443,000||+10,700|
There was an annual increase in employment of 3.1% or 66,800 in the year to the fourth quarter of 2017, bringing total employment to 2,231,000. This compares with an annual increase of 2.2% or 48,100 in employment in the previous quarter and an increase of 3.8% or 79,200 in the year to Q4 2016.
Summary points for Q4 2017
Users should note that effective from Q3 2017, the Labour Force Survey (LFS) has replaced the Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS). The results presented in this report incorporate adjustments to the historic QNHS data series to take account of revisions to population estimates arising from the 2016 Census of Population. In addition, adjustments have been made to this historic data to enable comparability with the new LFS for headline indicators. However as a result of changes to the questionnaire, the interview mode, the introduction of a new sample, data processing changes and other methodological enhancements there are changes in the levels of some series from Q3 2017 onwards. As a consequence, the series before and after the introduction of the new survey may not be directly comparable and users should therefore note this when examining annual and quarterly changes.
Further information is available in the background notes accompanying this release on the change from the QNHS to the LFS, revisions to population estimates, enhancements to the survey methodology now used in the LFS and headline indicators which have been adjusted.