Employment by industry sector

The Lancashire-14 area has larger proportions of its workforce allocated to the big employment sectors of wholesale and retail, manufacturing, education, and human health and social work activities than at the national level. The Lancashire area is therefore under-represented in many of the smaller employment sectors. A number of these smaller sectors cover some of the higher value work opportunities in areas such as finance and  insurance, professional, scientific and technical activities.

At the local authority level, manufacturing jobs form a large proportion of total employment in Pendle, Burnley, Fylde and South Ribble. As would be expected, the education sector is particularly strong in Lancaster and Preston, whilst accommodation and food service activities are very important in Blackpool.

The business register employment survey measures employment by place of work, whilst the census has results by place of residence.  For authorities such as South Ribble, with its commuter locations such as Penwortham, there are some noticeable differences between employment results when measured by place of work and by place of residence. 

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Page updated February 2013