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Economy and Employment

Local Economy

The output of the local economy can be measured by its Gross Value Added (GVA). The figures presented below represent the income approach to estimating GVA, which measures the incomes earned by individuals (e.g. wages) and corporations (e.g. profits) in the production of outputs (goods or services). In these terms, Wakefield’s GVA was £6.62 billion in 2015, up 1.8% from 2014. A three-year average figure helps to smooth out annual variability and shows that Wakefield’s GVA growth has slowed over the last decade. Growth in recent years had been higher than the Yorkshire and Humber region average, but has fallen back again recently.

Source: ONS (nomis API)

Employment and Unemployment Rates of Residents

There are signs that the number of Wakefield residents who are in work is increasing again after several years of slow decline. There are 152,400 Wakefield residents aged 16-64 in employment (year to December 2016), and a further 5,300 people aged 65 and over – a number that is increasing steadily.

The figures mean that the employment rate of people aged 16-64 is ?% (?) – compared to ?% in the Leeds City Region and ?% across England as a whole.

Source: ONS Annual Population Survey (nomis API)

In the 12 months ?, the unemployment rate in the Wakefield District was ?% of people who were economically active, compared to ?% across the Leeds City Region, and ?% across England. Wakefield’s unemployment rate had been as high as 10.8% at the height of the economic downturn. In addition to the 9,100 economically active people who were unemployed in 2016 there were 14,000 economically inactive people who would like a job.

Source: ONS Annual Population Survey (nomis API)