Quarter 2 - September 2018
The latest data is for the year July 2018-June 2018.  The data is taken from the Annual Population Survey, and is available from:
Though the employment rate in West Sussex has fallen from 81.3% in the last quarter to 79.4%, however, it does remain in the top quartile compared to its statistical neighbours, with county employment rates being higher than the national and regional rates as shown in the charts above.  The ambition is to remain in the top quartile.
Compared to the 19 upper tier and unitary authorities in the South East region, West Sussex has the 8th highest employment rate, so has fallen since the last quarter, the highest rate at 85% found at Bracknell Rate, and the lowest at 71.5%  in Brighton and Hove. 
In all local authorities within West Sussex, with the exception of Mid Sussex employment rates have fallen since the last quarter, in Mid Sussex the rate has remained the same at 83.9%.  Worthing has the highest rate (85.8) and Horsham the lowest (73.2).
Quarter 1 - June 2018
The latest data is for the year April 2017 – March 2018.  Whilst in West Sussex there has been a slight fall in the employment rate since the data release, West Sussex is still continuing the trend of county rates being higher than national and regional rates.  The range in the employment rate across the county continues to be wide with Worthing experiencing the highest rate at 84.6% compared with Adur at 74.8%.

[1] https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/query/select/getdatasetbytheme.asp?opt=3&theme=&subgrp

The most recent employment rates in West Sussex are shown to continue the trend of county rates being higher than national and regional rates as shown in the chart above.

Compared to the 19 upper tier authorities in the South East Region, West Sussex has the 5th highest employment rate. When compared to the 15 Nearest Statistical Neighbours West Sussex has the 3rd highest employment rate at 80.2 the highest level being 80.7 and the lowest (Nottinghamshire) of 74.9. West Sussex lies in the top quartile. The ambition is to remain in the top quartile over 2018/19.

The range in the employment rate across the county is significant – the latest figures suggest that Crawley has the highest rate at 86.7 compared with Arun at 73.8 – the lowest level in West Sussex.