This dataset provides 2011 Census estimates that classify usual residents aged 16 and over in England and Wales by economic activity, by ethnic group and by age. The estimates are as at census day, 27 March 2011.

Information on economic activity status - as defined by the International Labour Organisation - is used by central and local government, researchers and other organisations to understand local labour markets and to develop and monitor policies at local and regional levels. It is used to identify deprived areas, to allocate community and economic development funding, and for housing and transport planning purposes.

The statistics produced show local labour markets and social patterns linked to employment and unemployment. When used with information on sex, age, ethnicity, health and disability, the statistics identify areas where a barrier to employment exists and allow the targeting of resources and policies to get people into work. This information is used to plan services and target resources, and allows public authorities to assess and tackle discrimination.
Statistical Disclosure Control
In order to protect against disclosure of personal information from the 2011 Census, there has been swapping of records in the Census database between different geographic areas, and so some counts will be affected. In the main, the greatest effects will be at the lowest geographies, since the record swapping is targeted towards those households with unusual characteristics in small areas.

More details on the ONS Census disclosure control strategy may be found on the Statistical Disclosure Control page on the ONS web site.
Table ID
Census 2011
Economic activity, Economically active, Economically inactive, Employed (in employment), Employee, Full-time working, Long-term unemployed, Part-time working, Unemployed, Ethnic Group, Age
England and Wales
Area types
Output area and above
Latest data
Last updated
2013-07-31 09:30
Age, Economic Activity, Ethnic Group
01329 444 972
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