Quarter 3 - December 2018
The latest data, released in January 2019, available from the Annual Population Survey, is for the year ending September 2018 and is available from:
The latest data shows that West Sussex continues to have higher employment rates than the South East and England, and that over the last quarter the employment rate in West Sussex has risen to 80.0% with over 398,000 residents in work.  Chichester has the highest employment rate at 86.1% and Arun the lowest at 73.6%.
Employment rates at county level for West Sussex are higher amongst males (85.3) than females (74.9).  Indeed with the exception Arun and Worthing male employment rates in the county are higher than the regional and national average.  Worthing employment rates are higher amongst women (88.4) than men.(82.5).
Compared with the upper tier authorities in the South East, Bracknell Forest has the highest employment rate at 84.7% and Brighton and Hove the lowest at 71.2, West Sussex currently lies in the third quartile.
The range of employment rates of local authorities in the South East region is wide, with Dartford having the highest rate (88.3%), and Hastings the lowest at 65.3. Compared with other South East local authorities Chichester, Worthing and Mid Sussex lie in the top quartile, Arun in the bottom quartile (73.6).
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 Forest, 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.