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Regional Profiles: Economy - East Midlands, May 2012

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Manufacturing contribution to regional GVA, 2009

Manufacturing GVA as a percentage of region's total GVA: by region, 2009
Source: Office for National Statistics


  1. Workplace based gross value added (GVA) headline estimates at current basic prices

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A greater proportion of East Midland’s economic output comes from manufacturing than in any other English region or country of the UK.

In 2009, 16 per cent of the region’s gross value added (GVA) was generated by the manufacturing sector, the largest percentage in this sector of any region or country. GVA by industry in the UK interactive map allows users to see how other industries contribute to the GVA of the area.

Productivity, as measured by GVA per hour worked, was 92 per cent of the UK rate in 2010, the fourth highest of the English regions. Within the region in 2009 productivity ranged from 80 per cent of the UK rate in Lincolnshire to 109 per cent in Derby.

The region has an above-average proportion of residents (aged 16 to 64 and working) employed in routine occupations requiring a low level of skills or qualifications, 13 per cent in 2011 compared with 11 per cent in the UK. By contrast, occupations which require the highest skills or qualifications were under-represented, at 39 per cent of all employed residents compared with 43 per cent in the UK.

The employment rate in the East Midlands was 71.1 per cent in Q4 2011, slightly higher than the UK rate of 70.3 per cent. The latest subregional employment rates for the year ending September 2011 show that East Northamptonshire had the highest employment rate at 84.7 per cent.

The unemployment rate for the region was 8.2 per cent in Q4 2011, slightly lower than the UK rate of 8.4 per cent. In the year ending September 2011 Mansfield local authority had the highest model-based unemployment rate in the region at 10.9 per cent. The lowest was 4.0 per cent in Derbyshire Dales. Investigate how unemployment rates have changed over time at regional level.

Gross disposable household income (GDHI) for East Midlands residents was the fifth highest of the English regions, at £14,300 per head in 2010. It ranged from £10,700 in Nottingham to £16,200 in South Nottinghamshire.

Over 6 per cent of the UK’s GVA is created in the East Midlands. The region’s headline GVA in 2010 was £81.1 billion. The latest subregional data (2009) show that the largest contribution within the region was from Northamptonshire with £13.5 billion.

Source: Office for National Statistics

Background notes

  1. Notes:

    The data section of this release provides more economic data.

    Gross value added (GVA) is a key measure of economic performance. The data are consistent with the headline workplace based series, which allocates the incomes of individuals to their place of work.

    Standard Industrial Classification 2007 (SIC2007) defines the industries.

    Labour productivity webpage provides access to the latest releases. The Productivity handbook looks at measuring productivity at a regional level. The Subregional productivity March 2012 article provides analysis at subregional level.

    GVA per head interactive map shows how GVA varies relative to the population of an area. GVA per head is not a measure of productivity.

    Employment by occupation data are from Annual Population Survey (APS), July 2010–June 2011.

    Routine occupations refers to SOC 2010 major group 9 Elementary occupations; occupations requiring higher qualifications refers to major groups 1 to 3 covering Managers and senior officials, Professional occupations, and Associate professional and technical occupations.

    Employment, unemployment and economic inactivity rates are seasonally adjusted Labour Force Survey (LFS) headline indicators. Regional employment and economic inactivity rates are data for all people aged 16 to 64. Subregional data are from the APS, October 2010-September 2011.

    Labour market indicators are defined in the Glossary.

    Local Labour Market webpage provides access to the latest releases for employment, unemployment, inactivity, claimant count and other labour market data.

    Model-Based Estimates of ILO Unemployment for LAD/UAs cover all people aged 16 or over.

    Gross disposable household income (GDHI) covers the income received by households and non-profit making institutions serving households and is net of tax payments.

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    All data are published by ONS.

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Further information

Regional Trends, No. 41, 2009 Edition - Portrait of the East Midlands (Pdf 1420Kb) - The Portrait of the East Midlands presents a wide range of information covering infrastructure, demographic, environmental and economic statistics for the region. It includes information for districts, unitary and local authorities which allows comparison between the various areas and the rest of the UK.

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