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Employment rate shows that Birmingham, Walsall and Wolverhampton have missed out on the recovery

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Much of the growth is due to demographic factors so GDP per head is 5.7% below 2007 levels and is the root cause of average earnings being down 13.8% in real terms since then says GMB. 

The employment rate among the resident population of Birmingham aged 16-64 is 60.3% according to new figures released by the ONS this morning. That is 15.8% below the UK average rate of 71.6%. 

Walsall is another area in the region where the employment rate at 62% is 13.4% below the UK average. So too is Wolverhampton with employment rate of 62.7%, which is 12.4% below the UK average. The employment rate in the West Midlands region is 69.3%. This is 3.2% below the UK average rate of 71.6%. 

The areas in the region with the highest employment rate are Worcestershire with 77.6%, Shropshire with 77.4% and Warwickshire with 75.6%. The figures for all fourteen areas in the region are shown in the table below. 

These figures are from a new analysis by GMB of the latest employment figures released this morning by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). See notes to editors for sources and definitions. 

Employment rate April 2013/March 2014 in West Midlands.

    Employment rate April 2013-March 2014 % above or below the UK average
       
  United Kingdom 71.6 --
       
  West Midlands 69.3 -3.2
       
rank      
1 Birmingham 60.3 -15.8
2 Walsall 62.0 -13.4
3 Wolverhampton 62.7 -12.4
4 Stoke-on-Trent 64.9 -9.4
5 Sandwell 65.5 -8.5
6 Coventry 65.7 -8.2
7 Dudley 71.1 -0.7
8 Telford and Wrekin 71.8 0.3
9 Solihull 71.8 0.3
10 Staffordshire 74.1 3.5
11 Herefordshire, County of 75.3 5.2
12 Warwickshire 75.6 5.6
13 Shropshire 77.4 8.1
14 Worcestershire 77.6 8.4

  
Joe Morgan, GMB Regional Secretary, said "The fall in unemployment is welcome. However it is time to drill down into the details of what types of jobs are being created and in what parts of the country.  

There are large swathes of the country and a great number of workers that have seen little or no benefit from this recovery. In places like Birmingham and Walsall the level of employment is way below the UK average of 71.6%. 

This needs addressing.  Much of the growth is due to demographic factors and the increase in population means GDP per head is still 5.7% below 2007 levels. 

See notes to editors for figures

This is the root cause of average earnings being down 13.8% in real terms since then."

END 

Contact Stephanie Peacock 070841 763521 or Dave Day 07957 251927 or Mark Bergman 07957 266460 or GMB Press Office 07921 289880 Notes to editors 

1.Source: Annual Population Survey from the Office for National Statistics
2.Employment rate is the number of people in employment expressed as a percentage of those aged 16-64
3.Annual Population Survey is residence based and a combined survey of households in Great Britain.
4. April 2013-March 2014 data has been released today, 16th July 2014
5. Changes in GDP at current prices and population since 2007  

Year GDP seasonally Population  GDPper head £ Index % change
  Adjusted £m        
2007 1,552,989 61,319,100 25,326 100  
2008 1,541,039 61,823,800 24,926 98.4 -1.6
2009 1,461,361 62,260,500 23,472 92.7 -7.3
2010 1,485,616 62,759,500 23,672 93.5 -6.5
2011 1,502,216 63,285,100 23,737 93.7 -6.3
2012 1,505,993 63,705,000 23,640 93.3 -6.7
2013 1,532,431 64,135,000 23,894 94.3 -5.7

 

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