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Regional Profiles - Summary - North West

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The North West had a population of 6.9 million in mid-2009, an increase of 1.2 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 the North West in 2009 made up 16.6 per cent of the population, compared with 18.8 per cent for the under-16s. This compares with averages for the UK of 16.4 per cent and 18.7 per cent respectively. (Table 10.2)

In the North West men aged 65 in 2007–09 could expect to live another 17.0 years and women 19.5 years. This compares with 17.8 and 20.4 years in the UK as a whole. (Table 6.8)

The unemployment rate in the North West stood at 7.5 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2010, compared with the UK rate of 7.9 per cent. (Table 1.1)

The proportion of children living in workless households in the second quarter of 2010 was higher in the North West (16.5 per cent) than the England average (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 the North West was £471, lower than the UK median of £499. (Table 9.19)

Labour productivity (gross value added per hour worked) in the North West in 2009 was 8.4 per cent below the UK average. (Table 3.2)

In the North West, 49.9 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)

North West local authorities recycled or composted 39 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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    Education data from Department for Education.
    Data on recycling from Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs.

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