Jobs Density

New jobs density estimates for 2020 were released at 07:00 on Tue 18 January 2022.

Accessing the data: Jobs density figures for an area are available from the labour demand section of local authority and parliamentary area profiles (estimates are not able for wards).

Choose either the local authority or parliamentary constituency profile depending on the type of area for which you want figures.

The full Jobs Density dataset is available from the Jobs Density theme in the query data function link to data


Jobs density is defined as the number of jobs in an area divided by the resident population aged 16-64 in that area. For example, a job density of 1.0 would mean that there is one job for every resident aged 16-64. The total number of jobs is a workplace-based measure and comprises employee jobs,self-employed, government-supported trainees and HM Forces.

An article from the August 2003 issue of Labour Market Trends gives information about the methodology and background to the development of this indicator. Note that since the article was written the resident population used as the divisor has changed from the old working-age base (16-59f/64m) to the new aged 16-64 base.

Download August 2003 LMT article (pdf, 241Kb)