Highest rate of 85.9% in South Northants
Range of employment rates within English regions and GB countries, 2004
Differences in employment rates within regions are greater than differences between regions. In 2004 the greatest contrast between local authorities was in London. The region contains Tower Hamlets, with the lowest working age employment rate in Great Britain (53.7 per cent), and the City of London, with the highest working age employment rate of 100 per cent (note that this estimate is based on a very small sample).
Excluding the City of London, the difference between the highest and lowest working age employment rates in London was 25.3 percentage points. After the City, the London borough with the highest working age employment rate was Bromley, at 79.3 per cent.
The local authority with the highest employment rate in Great Britain outside London was South Northamptonshire in the East Midlands with a rate of 85.9 per cent.
The region with the narrowest spread of working age employment rates was the North East, with 12.2 percentage points between Darlington (76.6 per cent) and nearby Middlesbrough (64.4 per cent).
In comparison, at regional level, there were just under 10 percentage points between the lowest working age employment rate (69.1 per cent), in London, and the highest working age employment rate (78.9 per cent), in the South East.
Source: Annual Population Survey, Office for National Statistics
Notes: These estimates come from the Annual Population Survey, which is compiled on a 12 month basis every quarter, from the main LFS, together with additional interviews in England, Wales and Scotland. National and regional estimates from the main LFS are published each month in the Labour Market Statistics First Releases.
Working age is defined as males aged between 16 and 64 and females aged between 16 and 59.