Fact Check: UK employment rises 2016 vs 2018?

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Not a UK citizen, but I found this data curious. Amidst factory closures and jobs lost in mainstream media, it seems that miraculously the employment rate is raising in UK?

UK labour market – Office for National Statistics

Estimates of employment, unemployment, economic inactivity and other employment-related statistics for the UK.

One of the central tenets of economics is supply and demand. The falling unemployment is less surprising when considered in the light of the highest numbers of EU workers leaving in a decade:

Migration figures: Highest number of EU nationals leaving UK in a decade

The number of EU citizens leaving the UK is at its highest level for a decade with 130,000 emigrating in the year to September, figures show. But far more EU nationals (220,000) moved to the UK in the same period, the Office for National Statistics found.

Meaning that there are more employment opportunities for those previously unemployed

 

Migration figures: Highest number of EU nationals leaving UK in a decade

The number of EU citizens leaving the UK is at its highest level for a decade with 130,000 emigrating in the year to September, figures show. But far more EU nationals (220,000) moved to the UK in the same period, the Office for National Statistics found.

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