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Regional Profiles - Summary - West Midlands

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The West Midlands had a population of 5.4 million in mid-2009, an increase of 2.0 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 West Midlands in 2009 made up 16.9 per cent of the population, compared with 19.4 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 West Midlands men aged 65 in 2007–09 could expect to live another 17.7 years and women 20.4 years. This compares with 17.8 and 20.4 years in the UK as a whole. (Table 6.8)

The unemployment rate in the West Midlands stood at 9.8 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 the West Midlands (19.6 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 West Midlands was £469, lower than the UK median of £499. (Table 9.19)

Labour productivity (gross value added per hour worked) in the West Midlands in 2009 was 11.5 per cent below the UK average. (Table 3.2)

In the West Midlands, 48.5 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 West Midlands recycled or composted 40 per cent of household waste in 2009/10, equal to the England average. (Table 5.11)

Source: Office for National Statistics

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