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 (April 2020 to March 2021) estimate that 72.3% (233,400 people) of the county’s 16 to 64 population are employed. This is higher than regional level (71.2%) but lower than national levels (75.1%),
    • To achieve national levels of employment in County Durham, an additional 9,000 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 (18,900 people) were to enter employment,
  • The employment rate in County Durham for those with an Equality Act (EA) core or work limiting disability is 47.9%, much lower than the rate for those without a disability (81.7%),
  • ONS estimate that around one third of people in employment work in key worker occupations (33.1%/76,000 people, Apr 2020 to Mar 2021). Office for national Statistics,
  • Male employment levels remain higher than female employment levels in the county at 73.4% compared to 71.2%,
  • The 25 to 49 age group has the highest employment rate of 81.9%. This is higher than the region (81.6%) but 2.7 percentage points lower than the national average of 84.6%,
  • Employment rates in the 16 to 24 age group are low at 60.5% in the county which is higher than the regional average of 53.7% and the national average of 51.0%,
  • Currently 27.5% of employed residents in the county work in the public sector, similar to the regional average of 28.7%, both of which are higher than the national average of 22.4%, indicating a higher reliance on this sector for employment than the national average,
  • Currently 72.5% of employed residents in the county work in the private sector, higher than the regional average of 71.3%, with both lower than the national average of 77.6%,
  • Currently estimates indicate that people in County Durham are mainly employed in the ‘Distribution, hotels and restaurants’ (21.1%), Banking, finance and insurance, real estate services (13.4%) and the ‘Public admin. education and health’ (35.9%) 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 19.3% of those in employment in this classification, indicating greater reliance by the residents within the county on these occupations for employment. This rate is lower than the regional figure(20.2%), both of which are lower than national (23.2%) rates.

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