Employment rate

Proportion of working age population in employment

The employment rate measures the proportion of the working age population (aged 16-64) that are in employment.  In the Jul 20-Jun 21 twelve-month period (the most recent data):

  • About 70.7% of the 16-64 population in the North East LEP area were in employment  
  • this was below the England excluding London rate of 74.9%
  • it was the lowest among the eight core city LEPs, but only slightly below the rates in Birmingham and Sheffield
  • the North East employment rate had increased by 3.0 percentage points when compared to Jul 13-Jun 14
  • this was a larger percentage point increase than nationally but was the third lowest among the eight core city LEPs
  • the North East rate had decreased by 1.2 percentage points compared to a year earlier
  • during the same period, the England excluding London rate had fallen by 1.5 percentage points.

Within the North East, the employment rate for local authority areas ranged from 66.1% in Sunderland to 73.2% in North Tyneside. Within North East constituencies it was highest in Easington (79.2%), Newcastle upon Tyne North (78.9%) and  Hexham (78.3%). The rate is lowest in Sedgefield (62.0%), South Shields (64.4%) and Washington and Sunderland West (64.9%). These statistics are based on location of residence rather than workplace. Furloughed workers are classified as being in employment.

Employment rate, North East LEP, England, core city LEPs

Last updated:
14/10/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Annual Population Survey [Nomis, last updated 12 Oct 2021]

Data information: Employment as a percentage of 16-64 population. Based on core city LEPs, England excluding London and England


Employment rate, North East LEP local authorities

Last updated:
14/10/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Annual Population Survey  [Nomis, last updated 12 Oct 2021]

Data information: Employment as a percentage of 16-64 population. Based on local authorities, North East LEP and England excluding London


Employment rate, North East LEP constituencies

Last updated:
14/10/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Annual Population Survey  [Nomis, last updated 12 Oct 2021]

Data information: Employment as a percentage of 16-64 population. Based on parliamentary constituencies