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Labour Market

This section looks at data relating to the labour market.  Click on the links on the left to access statistics on activity rates; numbers of businesses and numbers of employees (Business Register & Employment Survey); data on earnings and socio-economic classifications.

Bournemouth has a resident population of 188,700 of which 125,000 (66%) are of working age.  This is similar to England and Wales as a whole.  The Annual Population Survey estimates that Bournemouth has an economically active population of around 84,100, of these approximately 66,000 are employees and 12,800 are self-employed.  The employment rate is around 72%; allowing for sampling error this figure is comparable with 72% in England and Wales.  There are around 26,600 (24%) people of working age in Bournemouth who are economically inactive.  The figure for England and Wales is 23%. 

The claimant rate| in July 2014 was 1.8% compared with 0.9% in Dorset and 1.2% in Poole.  The national figure is higher at 2.3% across England and Wales. 

Earnings| for Bournemouth residents and workers are lower than the national average.  The gross weekly pay of a full-time worker in Bournemouth in 2013 is £479.10, while the figure for the Bournemouth residents is £480.80 compared with £517.5 in the UK.  The gross weekly pay of those employed in Bournemouth is marginally lower than for Bournemouth residents.  The data suggests that some Bournemouth residents are working elsewhere to achieve higher salaries.

Bournemouth is a service-based local economy with around 94% of jobs in the service sector.  Less than 2% of employment is in manufacturing compared with over 8% in England and Wales as a whole.  Bournemouth’s construction sector makes up 3% of employment compared with 4.6% in England and Wales.

Further information on the labour market can be found on the National Statistics| site.

A Labour Market Profile for Bournemouth or for individual wards can be found on the NOMIS site.|

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