Employment overview

The 2014 estimate of employment (employees and working owners) in the Lancashire-14 area of 623,500 is just 0.1% higher than in 2009. At the local authority level, Preston and Blackpool, the two areas of Lancashire with high proportions of public-sector workers, recorded reductions of 11.7% and 6.1% respectively. In contrast, increases in excess of 6% over the period were noted in Burnley, South Ribble, West Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen.

In 2014, 13.5% of total employment in the Lancashire-14- area was classified to the manufacturing sector, whilst for Great Britain the proportion was just 8.2%.
Service activities of one sort or another (sectors G to S) comprise 79.6% of total employment in the Lancashire 14 area and 84.3% at the national level.

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Page updated September 2015