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New Figures Show Recovery Patchy

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Employment Rate Shows That Huge Areas Have Missed Out On The Recovery So Far Says GMB

In places like Dundee, Nottingham, Birmingham, Newcastle upon Tyne, Liverpool, Leicester, Newham, Walsall, Hartlepool, Manchester and Middlesbrough the level of employment is way below the UK average of 71.6% says GMB.

The employment rate among the resident populations aged 16-64 in North East and Northern Ireland is 67.3% in both regions according to new figures released by the ONS this morning. That is 6% below the UK average rate of 71.6%. North West has an employment rate of 69% which is 3.6% below the UK average employment rate.

The regions with the highest employment rate are South East and East of England with 75.5% in both. The employment rate in the South West is 74.7%. The figures for all twelve  regions in the UK are shown in the table below.

The areas in the UK with the lowest employment rate are Dundee 59.6%,Nottingham 60.3%, Birmingham 60.3%,Newcastle upon Tyne 60.6%, Liverpool 61.2%, Leicester 61.2%, Newham 61.8%, Walsall 62.0%, Hartlepool 62.3%, Manchester 62.3% and Middlesbrough 62.4%.

The areas in the UK with the highest employment rates are Aberdeenshire 78.6%, Richmond upon Thames 78.7%, Swindon 78.7%, Warrington 79.2%, Rutland 79.8%, Sutton 79.8%, Orkney Islands 81.2%, Bracknell Forest 81.6%, West Berkshire 82.4% and Shetland Islands 85.5%. Set out in notes to editors 5 are the figures for the twenty areas with the lowest and highest employment rates in the UK.

These figures are from a new analysis by GMB of the latest employment figures released this morning by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). See notes to editors for sources and definitions. Set out at the foot of this release on the GMB website at www.gmb.org.uk are the figures for all 204 areas in the UK. Also set out as pdfs are 12 regional press releases.

Employment rate April 2013/March 2014 in the UK Regions

   

Employment rate April 2013-March 2014

% above or below the UK average

       
 

United Kingdom

71.6

--

       

rank

     

1

North East

67.3

-6.0

2

Northern Ireland

67.3

-6.0

3

North West

69.0

-3.6

4

West Midlands

69.3

-3.2

5

Wales

69.5

-2.9

6

Yorkshire and The Humber

70.1

-2.1

7

London

70.5

-1.5

8

Scotland

71.5

-0.1

9

East Midlands

72.1

0.7

10

South West

74.7

4.3

11

East

75.5

5.4

12

South East

75.5

5.4

Paul Kenny, GMB Regional Secretary, said "The fall in unemployment is welcome. However it is time to drill down into the details of what types of jobs are being created and in what parts of the country.

There are large swathes of the country and a great number of workers that have seen little or no benefit from this recovery.

In places like Dundee, Nottingham, Birmingham, Newcastle upon Tyne, Liverpool, Leicester, Newham, Walsall, Hartlepool, Manchester and Middlesbrough the level of employment is way below the UK average of 71.6%. This needs addressing.

Much of the growth is due to demographic factors and the increase in population means GDP per head is still 5.7% below 2007 levels. See notes to editors for figures

This is the root cause of average earnings being down 13.8% in real terms since then."

End

Contact Kamaljeet Jandu 07956 237178 or Rehana Azam 07841 181656 or Martin Smith 07974 251 722or GMB Press Office 07921 289880

Notes to editors

1.Source: Annual Population Survey from the Office for National Statistics.

2.Employment rate is the number of people in employment expressed as a percentage of those aged 16-64

3.Annual Population Survey is residence based and a combined survey of households in Great Britain.

4. April 2013-March 2014 data has been released today, 16th July 2014

5 Twenty areas with lowest and highest employment rates

   

Employment rate April 2013-March 2014

% above or below the UK average

       

1

Dundee City

59.6

-16.8

2

Nottingham

60.3

-15.8

3

Birmingham

60.3

-15.8

4

Newcastle upon Tyne

60.6

-15.4

5

Liverpool

61.2

-14.5

6

Leicester

61.2

-14.5

7

Newham

61.8

-13.7

8

Walsall

62.0

-13.4

9

Hartlepool

62.3

-13.0

10

Manchester

62.3

-13.0

11

Middlesbrough

62.4

-12.8

12

Rochdale

62.5

-12.7

13

Wolverhampton

62.7

-12.4

14

North Ayrshire

62.7

-12.4

15

Blackburn with Darwen

63.0

-12.0

16

Barking and Dagenham

63.2

-11.7

17

Kingston upon Hull, City of

63.3

-11.6

18

Ceredigion

63.6

-11.2

19

Hackney

63.7

-11.0

20

Kensington and Chelsea

63.7

-11.0

 

     

185

Bromley

77.7

8.5

186

Moray

77.7

8.5

187

Poole

78.3

9.4

188

Lambeth

78.4

9.5

189

Windsor and Maidenhead

78.4

9.5

190

Wokingham

78.4

9.5

191

South Gloucestershire

78.4

9.5

192

Hampshire

78.5

9.6

193

Cambridgeshire

78.6

9.8

194

West Sussex

78.6

9.8

195

Aberdeenshire

78.6

9.8

196

Richmond upon Thames

78.7

9.9

197

Swindon

78.7

9.9

198

Warrington

79.2

10.6

199

Rutland

79.8

11.5

200

Sutton

79.8

11.5

201

Orkney Islands

81.2

13.4

202

Bracknell Forest

81.6

14.0

203

West Berkshire

82.4

15.1

204

Shetland Islands

85.5

19.4

6. Changes in GDP at current prices and population since 2007

Year

GDP seasonally

Population

 

GDP

per head £

Index

% change

 

Adjusted £m

 

 

 

 

2007

1,552,989

61,319,100

25,326

100

 

2008

1,541,039

61,823,800

24,926

98.4

-1.6

2009

1,461,361

62,260,500

23,472

92.7

-7.3

2010

1,485,616

62,759,500

23,672

93.5

-6.5

2011

1,502,216

63,285,100

23,737

93.7

-6.3

2012

1,505,993

63,705,000

23,640

93.3

-6.7

2013

1,532,431

64,135,000

23,894

94.3

-5.7

 

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