Employment deprivation is a domain of the wider Indices of Deprivation. It measures the number of working age people in receipt of unemployment and worklessness related benefits including Jobseekers Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Incapacity Benefit, Severe Disablement Allowance and Carer’s Allowance.

The Indices of Deprivation attempt to measure, as accurately as possible, the relative distribution of deprivation at a small area level. Employment Deprivation is important because it, along with other deprivation indices, influences a person’s opportunity to be healthy, risk of illness and life expectancy as well as a host of other socioeconomic outcomes.

Factsheet: Employment Deprivation in County Durham (PDF, 497kb)

Key Message:

  • In 2015, nearly two thirds (63.3%) of the county’s Lower Super Output Areas (LSOA’s) were experiencing high levels of employment deprivation compared to 30% in England.

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