|Indicator||Quarter 4 2018||Annual change|
|In labour force||2,410,100||+35,300|
|Not in labour force||1,467,000||+23,600|
There was an annual increase in employment of 2.3% or 50,500 in the year to the fourth quarter of 2018, bringing total employment to 2,281,300. This compares with an annual increase of 3.0% or 66,700 in employment in the previous quarter and an increase of 3.1% or 67,300 in the year to Q4 2017.
Summary points for Q4 2018
Users should note that effective from Q3 2017, the Labour Force Survey (LFS) has replaced the Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS). The results presented since then 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 were made to the 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 and information notes accompanying recent LFS releases on the change from the QNHS to the LFS, revisions to population estimates, enhancements to the survey methodology now used, headline indicators and other series which have been adjusted along with details of changes to the NUTS regional groupings which were introduced in Q1 2018.