The South West had a population of 5.2 million in mid-2009, an increase of 3.8 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 South West in 2009 made up 19.3 per cent of the population, compared with 17.6 per cent for the under-16s. This compares with averages for the UK of 16.4 and 18.7 per cent respectively. (Table 10.2)
In the South West men aged 65 in 2007–09 could expect to live another 18.6 years and women 21.3 years. This compares with 17.8 and 20.4 years in the UK as a whole. (Table 6.8)
The unemployment rate in the South West stood at 6.1 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2010, lower than the UK rate of 7.9 per cent. (Table 1.1)
A lower proportion of children in the South West (11.2 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 the South West was £468, lower than the UK median of £499. (Table 9.19)
Labour productivity (gross value added per hour worked) in the South West in 2009 was 7.8 per cent below the UK average. (Table 3.2)
In the South West, 51.8 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 the South West recycled or composted 44 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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Data on recycling from Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs.
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