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Regional Profiles - Summary - London

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London had a population of 7.8 million in mid-2009, an increase of 4.6 per cent since 2004. This compares with an overall increase of 3.3 per cent for the UK over the same period. (Table 1.2)

People aged 65 and over in London in 2009 made up 11.5 per cent of the population, compared with 19.3 per cent for the under-16s. This compares with averages of 16.4 per cent and 18.7 per cent respectively. (Table 10.2)

In London men aged 65 in 2007–09 could expect to live another 18.4 years and women 21.2 years. This compares with 17.8 and 20.4 years in the UK as a whole. (Table 6.8)

The unemployment rate in London stood at 9.0 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2010, higher than the UK rate of 7.9 per cent. (Table 1.1)

A higher proportion of children in London (22.4 per cent) lived in workless households in the second quarter of 2010 than the England average of 15.9 per cent. (Table 8.6)

In April 2010, the median gross weekly earnings for full-time employees on adult rates who were resident in London was £607, higher than the UK median of £499. (Table 9.19)

Labour productivity (gross value added per hour worked) in London in 2009 was 31.6 per cent above the UK average. (Table 3.2)

In London, 54.0 per cent of pupils achieved five or more grades A*–C at GCSE level or equivalent including English and mathematics in 2008/09, compared with 49.8 per cent for England as a whole. (Table 4.8)

Local authorities in London recycled or composted 32 per cent of household waste in 2009/10 compared with an England average of 40 per cent. (Table 5.11)

Source: Office for National Statistics

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