Lowest rate of 11.4% in Dacorum, Herts
Range of inactivity rates within English regions and GB countries, 2004
Differences in economic inactivity rates within regions are greater than differences between regions. In 2004, the region with the greatest difference between the highest and lowest working age inactivity rates was London.
Nearly 22 percentage points separate the highest and lowest working age inactivity rates of London Boroughs. Newham, at 38.6 per cent, has the highest working age inactivity rate of all local authorities in Great Britain. The lowest working age inactivity rate in London is 16.7 per cent, in Bromley.
The local authority with the lowest working age inactivity rate in Great Britain is Dacorum, East, at 11.4 per cent.
Of all the English regions and countries in Great Britain, the narrowest spread of working age inactivity rates occurs in the South West, with just over 11 percentage points between the lowest working age inactivity rate, in Penwith (25.5 per cent), and the highest, in South Gloucestershire (14.4 per cent).
In comparison, at regional level, there are just under 8 percentage points between the lowest inactivity rate (in the South East, at 18.0 per cent) and the highest inactivity rate (in the North East, at 25.6 per cent).
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.