Rural England

Wanting paid work

Key points

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Graph 1: Rates

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Graph 2: Shares

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Rural/urban ratios (urban = 10)

On most poverty and social exclusion indicators, rural areas have 'better scores' than urban areas.  The purpose of the table below is to differentiate between those subjects where rural areas are 'a bit better' and those where rural areas are 'a lot better'.  It does so by presenting the rural statistics for the indicator as a proportion of the urban statistics.  So, for example, a rural 'score' of 6 in the table below means that the rural statistic is around 60% of its urban equivalent.

Type of district Unemployed Economically inactive but want to work Total lacking, but wanting, paid work
'Very rural' districts6 8 7
'Mostly rural' districts7 8 7
'Part rural' districts7 8 8

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Definitions and data sources

The graphs

For each type of local authority district, the first graph shows the proportion of working-age adults who lack, but want, paid work.  It is divided between the ILO unemployed and those who are counted as 'economically inactive' but who want paid work.  This latter group includes people not available to work for some time and people not actively seeking work.

The second graph shows the distribution of those working-age adults who lack, but want, paid work by type of district.

'Unemployment' is the ILO definition, which is used for the official unemployment numbers.  It comprises all those with no paid work in the survey week who were available to start work in the next fortnight and who either looked for work in the last month or were waiting to start a job already obtained.

The 'economically inactive who want paid work' includes people not available to start work for some time and those not actively seeking work.  The data is based on a question asking the economically inactive whether they would like paid work or not.

Level of the data

Lower tier local authorities (districts), as classified by the DEFRA 2009 classification system.  Both the DEFRA classification rules and their results by local authority can be found on the page on rural/urban classification systems.

Source

The Annual Population Survey, which is effectively the Labour Force Survey with selected booster samples to compensate for small sample sizes in some authorities.  The data is the average for the latest three years.

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External links

See Joseph Rowntree Foundation reports on Finding work in rural areas: barriers and bridges and The dynamics of low income and employment in rural Britain.

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The numbers

Type of district Proportion lacking, but wanting, paid work Total lacking, but wanting, paid work
'Very rural' districts8.3% 300,000
'Mostly rural' districts8.6% 400,000
'Part rural' districts8.9% 400,000
Urban districts11.7% 2,400,000

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