Economy Theme

Accurate and up-to-date analysis and data is necessary for effective economic development within the County as it informs policy development and is essential for identifying priorities. Robust data at the local level is also essential in the bidding process for a variety of national and European funding programmes. These programmes also require such data at the local level for effective monitoring.

Many factors contribute to the success of a local economy, including the health and wellbeing of the population, natural resources, a workforce with skills, quality of infrastructure, strong linkages with wider economies and successful distribution of wealth.  Our Inclusive Economic Strategy (external site), sets out what our economy needs so that all people and places can contribute to and benefit from growth and the county’s success, whilst having a positive impact on the planet.

This section looks at local economic statistics such as; income, employment – levels, industry, occupation; unemployment and economic inactivity; jobs, again by industry professionals, skilled trade or service occupations. Productivity data covering Gross Value Added (GVA) and Gross Disposable Household Income (GDHI) data is also included.  Further statistics included are benefits, gender breakdown, job types, number of businesses and much more.

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