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Regional Profiles - Summary - Wales

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Wales had a population of around 3 million in mid-2009, an increase of 1.9 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 and the under-16s in Wales in 2009 both made up 18.3 per cent of the population. This compares with averages for the UK of 16.4 per cent and 18.7 per cent respectively. (Table 10.2)

In Wales men aged 65 in 2007–09 could expect to live another 17.2 years and women 20.0 years. This compares with 17.6 and 20.2 years in the UK as a whole. (Table 6.8)

The unemployment rate in Wales stood at 8.4 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2010, compared with the UK rate of 7.9 per cent. (Table 1.1)

A higher proportion of children in Wales (21.1 per cent) lived in workless households in the second quarter of 2010 than the averages for Northern Ireland (16.2 per cent), England (15.9 per cent) and Scotland (15.3 per cent). (Table 8.6)

In April 2010, the median gross weekly earnings for full-time employees on adult rates who were resident in Wales was £456, which compares with £487 in Scotland and £442 in Northern Ireland. (Table 9.19)

Labour productivity (gross value added per hour worked) in Wales in 2009 was 15.9 per cent below the UK average. (Table 3.2)

In Wales, 49.4 per cent of pupils achieved five or more grades A*–C at GCSE level or equivalent including English or Welsh as a first language and mathematics in 2009/10. This compares with 49.8 per cent for England and 58.6 per cent for Northern Ireland. (Table 4.8)

Unitary authorities in Wales recycled or composted 40 per cent of household waste in 2009/10 which compares with 40 per cent in England, 38 per cent in Scotland and 36 per cent in Northern Ireland. (Table 5.11)

Source: Office for National Statistics

Background notes

  1. Source:
    All data are published by ONS except those listed below.
    Education data from Welsh Assembly Government.
    Data on recycling from Welsh Assembly Government, Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs, Scottish Government and Northern Ireland Environment Agency.

  2. Notes:
    GCSE figures for Wales include a small number of pupils who achieve Welsh as a first language but not English.

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