There is almost full employment, and the sad thing is that there are so many not working in the UK that it is clear that some people will never work again unless some drastic change happens. Unemployment is one thing, but we also have those who are on Work Experience or doing Training or Students. None of these are counted as unemployed. America is in no better place, both countries will suffer more when we finally perfect and get automation up and running.
There were 727,000 job vacancies in the services sectors for March to May 2018, accounting for 88.9% of all vacancies. Looking at services in more detail, the sectors with the largest number of job vacancies were wholesaling, retailing and repair of motor vehicles (133,000) and human health and social work (130,000).
There were 2.7 job vacancies per 100 filled employee jobs for March to May 2018. The industrial sector showing the largest vacancy rate was accommodation and food service activities (4.0 vacancies per 100 filled employee jobs). The industrial sectors showing the smallest vacancy rates were construction, and public administration and defence (both 1.6 vacancies per 100 filled employee jobs).
There were 818,000 job vacancies for March to May 2018, little changed compared with December 2017 to February 2018 but 33,000 more than for a year earlier.