Summary

Estimates of employment rates are taken from the Annual Population Survey (APS) data produced by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) which is available down to the local authority level, (data is available for Parliamentary Constituencies.

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Key Messages:

  • The latest figures (January 2020 to December 2020) estimate that 71.4% (230,400 people) of the county’s 16 to 64 population are employed. This is similar to the regional level (71.5%) but lower than national levels (75.7%),
        • To achieve national levels of employment in County Durham, an additional 13,900 people of working age in County Durham would need to enter employment. This could be achieved if some of those people currently economically inactive and wanting a job (20,000 people) were to enter employment,
  • The employment rate in County Durham for those with an Equality Act (EA) core or work limiting disability is 49.6%, much lower than the rate for those without a disability (80.4%),
  • ONS estimate that around one third of people in employment work in key worker occupations (33.1%/76,000 people, Jan 2019 to Dec 2019). Office for national Statistics,
  • Male employment levels remain higher than female employment levels in the county at 72.4% compared to 70.4%,
  • The 25 to 49 age group has the highest employment rate of 82.8%. This is higher than the region (82.3%) but 2.2 percentage points lower than the national average of 85%,
  • Employment rates in the 16 to 24 age group are low at 52.2% in the county which is similar to the regional average of 52.4% and the national average of 52.5%,
  • Currently 28% of employed residents in the county work in the public sector, the same as the regional average of 28%, both of which are higher than the national average of 22.2%, indicating a higher reliance on this sector for employment than the national average,
  • Currently 72% of employed residents in the county work in the private sector, the same as the regional average of 72% and lower than the national average of 78.8%,
  • Currently estimates indicate that people in County Durham are mainly employed in the ‘Distribution, hotels and restaurants’ (18.6%), Banking, finance and insurance, real estate services (14.6%) and the ‘Public admin. education and health’ (38.6%) industries, indicating greater reliance by the residents within the county on these industries for employment,
  • Estimates indicate that people in County Durham are mainly employed in professional occupations with 20% of those in employment in this classification, indicating greater reliance by the residents within the county on these occupations for employment. This rate is similar to the regional figure(20.4%), both of which are lower than national (22.9%) rates.

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