Economic inactivity rate

Proportion of working age population that are not active in labour market

Economic inactivity measures those that are not in work or actively seeking employment.  Individuals can be economically inactive for a wide range of reasons (both positive and negative) including that they are in education, have health issues or disabilities that prevent them from work, have caring responsibilities or have retired.


Between January and December 2017 (the most recent data), 24.1% of the 16-64 population in the North East LEP area was economically inactive.  This is above the England and England excluding London rates.  


The economic inactivity rate has decreased in the North East LEP areas over the last three years – from 25.0% to 24.1%.   


Economic inactivity rate (% of 16 to 64 population), 2017

Last updated:
01/05/2018
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Annual Population Survey  [Nomis, last updated on 17 April 2018]

Data information: Based on core city LEPs, England excluding London and England


Change in economic inactivity rate (16 to 64 population), 2014 - 2017

Last updated:
01/05/2018
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Annual Population Survey  [Nomis, last updated on 17 April 2018]

Data information: Based on core city LEPs, England excluding London and England