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Employment, unemployment and economic inactivity in South Ribble

How South Ribble compares with the North West and Great Britain across employment-related statistics

In South Ribble:

Employment rate 85.4% ages 16 to 64

Employment in South Ribble has increased compared with the previous year. South Ribble's employment rate was higher than across the North West as a whole in the year ending December 2023.

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Unemployment rate 2.5% ages 16+

Unemployment (people looking for work) has fallen since a year earlier. The most recent unemployment rate for South Ribble was lower than across the North West as a whole.

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Claimant Count 2.7% ages 16 to 64

Claimant Count was higher in March 2024 compared with a year earlier. The Claimant Count measures the number of people who are claiming unemployment-related benefits.

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Economic inactivity 13.0% ages 16 to 64

Economic inactivity refers to people who are neither employed nor seeking work.

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Warning:

These estimates are less precise than national or regional figures because they are based on smaller numbers of survey respondents.

Local population changes also mean that the numbers of people in each area who are employed, unemployed and economically inactive in this article may be under- or over-estimates.

Estimates of employment and economic inactivity are based on the Annual Population Survey. Unemployment estimates are modelled to improve their precision compared to those based only on responses provided via the Annual Population Survey.

The Claimant Count is based on administrative data from the benefits system. These data are experimental statistics.

Employment in South Ribble has increased compared with the previous year

South Ribble's employment rate was higher than across the North West as a whole in the year ending December 2023.

Of people aged 16 to 64 years living in South Ribble, 85.4% were employed in the year ending December 2023. This is an increase compared with the year ending December 2022 when the local rate was 84.7%.

Across the North West in the year ending December 2023, 73.8% of people aged 16 to 64 years were employed. This was slightly higher compared with the previous year, when 73.5% of people were employed.

Employment rates of areas in the North West

Among those aged 16 to 64 years (%), year ending December 2013 to year ending December 2023
Figures are based on a small number of survey responses in each area and are less precise than national or regional estimates. Ranking, and changes in ranking, may be the result of sampling variability.

Overall, there were 59,000 people aged 16 and over in South Ribble who were employed in the year ending December 2023. This is up from the previous year, when there were 56,200 people aged 16 and over who were employed.

Local population changes mean that the numbers of people in each area who are employed, unemployed and economically inactive in this article may be under- or over-estimates.

Unemployment decreased in South Ribble compared with the previous year

Unemployment estimates are modelled to improve their precision compared to those based only on responses provided via the Annual Population Survey.

Around 1,500 people aged 16 and over in South Ribble were unemployed in the year ending December 2023. This is a rate of 2.5%.

This was a decrease compared with the year ending December 2022 when the unemployment rate was 3.1%.

Across the North West, from the year ending December 2022 to the year ending December 2023, there was a decrease in the unemployment rate from 4.1% to 3.8%.

Year on year, the number of people unemployed in the North West fell from around 146,000 to around 137,000 over the same period.

Unemployment across Great Britain rose slightly between the year ending December 2022 and the year ending December 2023, going from around 1,180,000 people (3.6%) to around 1,240,000 (3.7%).

Unemployed people are those without jobs who are actively seeking work and available to take up a job. Some jobless people may not seek work or be able to work for various reasons, such as retirement, sickness, or study, and are called "economically inactive".

This means that the employment rate and the unemployment rate can both go up at the same time as people move into the labour market and become job seekers.

The unemployment rate is the number of unemployed people out of everyone "economically active" in the labour market, that is, everyone who is employed or looking for work. The employment rate is out of the working-age population including "economically inactive" people.

Highest unemployment rates (%) of areas in the North West, with South Ribble for comparison

Among those aged 16 and over and active in the labour market, year ending December 2023

Claimant Count in South Ribble was higher than in the previous year

The Claimant Count is an experimental statistic that measures the number of people who are claiming unemployment-related benefits.

The Claimant Count in South Ribble was 1790 in March 2024, up from March 2023, when there were 1645 claimants.

The proportion of people aged 16 to 64 years in South Ribble who were claiming unemployment-related benefits was 2.7% in March 2024, an increase compared with March 2023 when it was 2.4%.

Claimant Count (%) for areas in the North West

Among those aged 16 to 64 years, March 2014 to March 2024

Economic inactivity in South Ribble

Economic inactivity estimates for South Ribble are based on a small number of responses to our survey and are likely to be less precise than figures for other local areas. These estimates are presented for information only, and any conclusions drawn should include a consideration of this lack of precision.

Around 8,700 people or about 13.0% of the population aged 16 to 64 years in South Ribble were "economically inactive" in the year ending December 2023.

People are classed as "economically inactive" if they are not in employment but don't meet the criteria for being "unemployed". This means they have not been seeking work within the previous four weeks or were unable to start work within the next two weeks. Common reasons include being retired, looking after the home or family or being temporarily or long-term sick and disabled.

Across the North West, 23.3% of people aged 16 to 64 years were economically inactive during the year ending December 2023, around the same rate as the year ending December 2022 when 23.3% were economically inactive.

Overall in Great Britain, 21.2% of people aged 16 to 64 years were economically inactive, compared with 21.5% in the previous year.

More data about South Ribble

You can view and download more local labour market data on the South Ribble area profile page on Nomis.

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More data on the labour market

The most recent labour market figures for all local authorities are in our associated data release.

You can also read our most recent labour market overview.

Historic data is available on Nomis. For employment and economic inactivity, see estimates from the Annual Population Survey. Data for model-based unemployment and Claimant Count (non-seasonally adjusted) are also available.

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