Wolverhampton's City Strategy - Wolverhampton Partnership

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Since 1995, service sector employment had risen both absolutely and relatively from 64.8%

of employee jobs (63,495) to 81.2% (84,400). The biggest increase came in Public

Administration, Education and Health, which rose from 22,441 of jobs (22.9%) in 1995 to

31,800 (30.7%) in 2008. Manufacturing employment fell from 29,680 (30.3%) to 14,600

(14.0%) over the same period; since 2002 with an accelerating rate of decline. 6

Economic Activity by Age 7

Age Place 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 % Pt

Change

England and 68 67 67 66 66 64 -4

16-24 Wales

Wolverhampton 62 54 64 57 58 57 -5

England and 84 84 85 85 85 85 1

24-49 Wales

Wolverhampton 81 81 81 80 79 81 0

England and 66 67 67 68 68 68 2

50-64 Wales

Wolverhampton 60 65 62 63 61 64 4

The rate for 16-24s was much lower than the national average in 2005, this gap with the

national average has widened between 2005 and 2010.

The rate for 24-59s is also still below the national average and this gap is slightly widening.

However for over 50s the gap between Wolverhampton and England and Wales is closing.

Claimant Count

Dudley Sandwell Walsall W'ton

West

Midlands England

September 2005 3.3 4.7 3.8 4.8 3.0 2.3

September 2006 3.7 5.2 4.7 5.9 3.4 2.5

September 2007 3.1 4.4 3.8 4.9 3.0 2.2

September 2008 3.4 4.7 4.3 5.5 3.4 2.5

September 2009 6.1 7.9 7.5 8.2 5.6 4.2

Throughout the 2005-09 period, the claimant count in the City was the highest in the Black

Country and between 2008 and 2009 increased dramatically as the recession took hold. 8

Impact of the Recession

The recession has had the most severe impact on those areas with traditionally higher levels

of unemployment. The employment gap between priority neighbourhoods and the rest of

the City has grown. Nevertheless, as the map of JSA claimants below shows, there are

6 Source: NOMIS

7 Economically Active means either in “employment or actively seeking employment” – this is taken from the

Annual Population Survey of residents. Source: GHK Presentation to Board, October 2010

8 Source: ONS - Claimant Count as % of Resident Working Age Population

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