Employment and self-employment


At the national level, the employment rate declined between 2009 and 2011, but has since increased to reach 73.6% in 2015. For the North West, the 2015 result of 71.2% was somewhat below the national outturn.

Apart from 2014, the Lancashire-14 area out-performed the regional average employment rate between 2009 and 2015, whilst rates for the Lancashire-12 area have been in excess of those for Lancashire-14 over the seven-year period.

At the sub-Lancashire level, Chorley, South Ribble, Fylde district and Ribble Valley are authorities that consistently recorded high rates in excess of 70%, whilst Blackburn with Darwen has seen a pattern of low rates over the years.

For Great Britain, the percentage of people of working age who are self-employed, gradually increased over the years and has now settled at 13.8% for a number of months. The Lancashire level figures are more volatile, but over the years, the self-employment percentages are usually lower than the national average, 

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