Latest Quarterly Economic Briefing for Warwickshire

Warwickshire's Quarterly Economic BriefingWarwickshire County Council’s Economic Development Team and the Observatory have been working on the latest Quarterly Economic Briefing for April 2014.  The newsletter includes:

  • Local News
  • CSW Broadband Project Update
  • Warwickshire’s Annual Business Survey
  • Feeling the Pinch – Real Wage Trends
  • Procurement Made Easy
  • Budget 2014 Round Up
  • Warwickshire Rural Growth Network
  • Resilience Index
  • Latest Economic Update
  • Strategic Economic Plan
  • Nuneaton Town Centre Scheme
  • Leamington in Top Ten
  • Contact Us

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Warwickshire’s Quarterly Economic Briefing – April 2014

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Unemployment at its lowest levels in Warwickshire since June 2008

UnemploymentThe number of people claiming Job Seekers’ Allowance (JSA) in Warwickshire in December 2013 was 5,878; a rate of 1.7% of the resident working age population and 2.1% of the economically active population. Unemployment has fallen below pre-recession levels, the county now has similar numbers of JSA claimants as it did 5 and a half years ago.

The number of claimants in Warwickshire has fallen by over 220 over the past month (-3.6%).  The graph shows the claimant count for Warwickshire compared with the national average.  Although the county has followed the national trend in terms of falling JSA numbers over the past month, the fall in Warwickshire claimants between November and December 2013 has fallen at double the rate seen at a national level (-1.8%).

DistrictWarwickshire has a lower claimant rate than this time last year with 1,616 fewer claimants recorded in December 2013 (a fall of 21.6%). This year-on-year fall is in line with the national figures (a fall of 21.7%). Within Warwickshire, all Districts/Boroughs saw a fall in claimants over the past year albeit to varying extents. Stratford-on-Avon has seen the largest percentage fall in claimants over the last year (-33.6%) compared to Nuneaton & Bedworth (-10.9%). This graphic chart shows the claimant count unemployment rate for the five Districts/Boroughs in Warwickshire over the past two decades. During this period, the average rate for Nuneaton & Bedworth has been twice that of the average rate in Stratford-on-Avon District. However, since the economic downturn began in 2008 the gap has grown, and the current rate in Nuneaton & Bedworth (3.1%) is nearly four times the rate in Stratford-on-Avon District (0.8%).

AgeThe number of JSA claimants aged 18-24 (youth unemployment) in the county has fallen over the last month.  In December 2013, there were 1,440 claimants aged 18-24 years (3.2% of the resident 18-24 population) whereas in the previous month there were 1,580 claimants aged 18-24 years.  However, looking at the year-on-year figures, the numbers are considerably lower in December 2013 than at the same time the previous year (1,970 claimants or 4.3%).

DurationThere are 2,365 people who are long-term unemployed (claiming JSA for over 6 months) in Warwickshire in December 2013,  representing 2 in 5 job seekers in the county. Long term unemployment accounts for 0.7% of the resident working age population in December 2013. The numbers in long term unemployment has been steadily falling for the past six months with 610 fewer claimants since July 2013.

Warwickshire’s Quarterly Economic Briefing – December (Christmas Edition) 2013

Quarterly Economic BriefingWarwickshire County Council’s Economic Development Team and the Observatory have produced a Quarterly Economic Briefing for December 2013.  The newsletter includes:

  • Local News
  • Autumn Statement 2013
  • Key Message from Warwickshire’s Quality of Life 2013/14 report
  • Latest Economic Data
  • Inter-generational unemployment
  • The sub-region and the recession
  • Cambridge Econometrics Forecasts
  • Warwickshire Apprenticeships Update
  • Contact Us

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Warwickshire’s Quarterly Economic Briefing – December (Christmas Edition) 2013

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New Local Enterprise Partnership profiles for Coventry & Warwickshire

LEP Partnership ProfilesThe Local Enterprise Partnership Profiles aim to help Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) use official statistics to better understand the economic, social and environmental picture for the LEPs and the local authority areas within them.

The LEP Profiles include official statistics from a variety of different themes to provide a broad overview of each LEP. These themes are:

  • Demography
  • Employment
  • Enterprise
  • Housing
  • Inclusion
  • Skills

The LEP Profiles are available in an interactive mapping tool which can be used to visualise data from indicators within the six different themes at the LEP and the local authority level. The tool can be used to compare different LEPs on a variety of indicators and to view the change of some indicators over time. It can also be used to compare indicators across local authorities within a selected LEP.

User Guide (225.9 Kb PDF) for the tool is also available.

The LEP profiles are also available in dynamic Excel workbooks containing:

  1. LEP Local Authority Comparator Profile – These enable official statistics to be compared and ranked across all 39 LEPs, and allow official statistics for each of the local authority areas within a selected LEP to be compared.
  2. LEP Comparator Profiles – These provide a means of comparing data for a selected LEP against data for another LEP, a selected local authority and England.

For more information, please visit the Neighbourhood Statistics website.

Quality of Life in Warwickshire 2013/14 report published

Quality of Life

Today the team is publishing our annual Quality of Life in Warwickshire report, which provides a detailed look at the people, places and communities in our county. The report is an assessment of the demographic, social, economic and environmental themes that all play a part in influencing our residents’ quality of life.

The need for this type of material is more important than ever, as increasingly limited resources need to be deployed in transparent, evidence-led ways. The Quality of Life in Warwickshire report continues to provide local decision makers in the public, private, and voluntary sectors with that evidence base so that improving the lives of all of Warwickshire’s residents remains our collective priority.

New in this year’s report is the inclusion of 2011 Census data across a number of the themes, resulting in several new indicators. Our 2011 Census prospectus gives further details of the team’s work in this area.

As in previous reports, we’ve started each section with a ‘data visualisation’, designed to stimulate your interest and make the statistics more engaging. We’ve also continued with the Interactive Maps in this year’s report. This provides users with a tool for viewing and analysing many of the datasets included in the report at a very local level.

To find out more please click on the link below to download the report:

Quality of Life in Warwickshire 2013/14 report (6.8 MB)

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New data released on business demography in Warwickshire

ONSONS released 2011 business demography data last week.  In 2011 there were 2,525 business births, that is new registrations, in Warwickshire, a birth rate of 10.3%. This was compared with 2,330 births in 2010, a birth rate of 9.4%. In 2011 there was an increase of 195 births or 8.4% from 2010.

Provisionally for 2011 there were 2,460 business deaths i.e. business de-registrations, a death rate of 10%. This compares with 2,685 business deaths in 2010 and a death rate of 10.8%. In 2011 there was a 8.4% decrease in the number of business deaths from 2010.

There were approximately 24,500 active businesses in Warwickshire during 2011, a fall of 355 on 2010.

The data can be downloaded below:

Business Demography data – 2011

Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) profiles released

LEP logo

On 30th November 2012, ONS released the latest update to the Local Enterprise Partnership Profiles. The LEP Profiles bring together official statistics from a range of topics including employment, economy and demography to enable to the Local Authorities with each LEP to better understand their areas. Data are available in two Excel toolkits, the first is used to summarise and visualise data comparing across LEPs along with a selected Local Authority, while the second can be used to summarise data for each Local Authority within a selected LEP.

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