Highest employment rate 88.0% in the Shetland Islands and Hart in Hampshire
Range of working age employment rates within English regions and GB countries January 2008 to December 2008
The Shetland Islands and Hart in Hampshire were the local authorities with the highest employment rate in Great Britain, both with a rate of 88.0 per cent.
Employment rates in the local areas within regions differ more greatly than between regions. In the 12 months ending December 2008, the greatest contrast between local authorities was in London. The region contains Newham, with the lowest working age employment rate in Great Britain (60.0 per cent), and the City of London, with one of the highest working age employment rates at 85.6 per cent.
Excluding the City of London, the difference between the highest and lowest working age employment rates in London was 19.3 percentage points. After the City, the London borough with the highest working age employment rate was Bromley, at 79.3 per cent.
The region with the narrowest spread of working age employment rates is Wales, with 14.0 percentage points between Flintshire (78.8 per cent) and Blaenau Gwent (64.8 per cent).
In comparison, at regional level, there are 8.1 percentage points between the lowest working-age employment rate (70.4 per cent), for London, and the highest working-age employment rate (78.5 per cent), for the South East.
Source: Annual Population Survey, Office for National Statistics
Notes: These estimates come from the Annual Population Survey, which is compiled on a 12 month basis every quarter, from the main Labour Force Survey, together with additional interviews in England, Wales and Scotland. National and regional estimates from the main LFS are published each month in the Labour Market Statistics First Releases.
Working-age is defined as males aged between 16 and 64 and females aged between 16 and 59.