Employment rate target

The North East LEP target to reduce the gap in the employment rate, compared to England excluding London

It is important that residents in the North East LEP area are benefiting from the additional jobs created (see ‘More Jobs’ target). To measure this, the North East Strategic Economic Plan sets a target to completely close the gap between the North East LEP area’s employment rate for 16 to 64 year olds and the rate for England excluding London by 2024.

Progress: In the latest 12-month period (Oct 19-Sep 20), the gap between the North East LEP area and England excluding London had closed by 21 per cent when compared with the Apr 13-Mar 14 period.  During 2020 the gap had reduced after widening in 2019 when the North East employment rate decreased.

Note: The latest data covers 12 months to the end of September 2020 and, therefore, almost half of the survey took place in a period prior to the effects of Covid-19 on the economy. People who are temporarily absent from a job with a reasonable expectation of returning to their job after the absence are classified as employed in these statistics. This includes furloughed workers.

Employment rate since 2009, North East LEP, England excluding London

Last updated:
26/01/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Annual Population Survey ( Nomis, last updated 26 Jan 2021)

Data information: Percentage of 16-64 population, rolling 12-month periods, updated each quarter, North East LEP and England excluding London


Employment rate, gap between North East LEP and England excluding London, since 2014

Last updated:
26/01/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Annual Population Survey ( Nomis, last updated 26 Jan 2021)

Data information: Difference between 16-64 employment rates of the North East LEP area and England excluding London, expressed as percentage of the latter, rolling 12-month periods from Apr 13-Mar 14, updated each quarter.