A report by CESI (centre for economic & social inclusion) commissioned by the BBC
For August to October 2011:
- The unemployment rate was 8.3 per cent of the economically active population, up 0.4 on the quarter.
- There were 2.64 million unemployed people, up 128,000 on the quarter.
- The unemployment rate is the highest since 1996 and the number of unemployed people is the highest since 1994.
- The employment rate for those aged from 16 to 64 was 70.3 per cent, down 0.2 on the quarter.
- There were 29.11 million people in employment aged 16 and over, down 63,000 on the quarter.
- The number of people employed in the public sector fell by 67,000 on the quarter to reach 5.99 million. The number of people employed in the private sector rose by 5,000 on the quarter to reach 23.12 million
GDP per capita in the Member States ranged from 44% to 271% of the EU27 average in 2010
- In 2010, the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita in Luxembourg was more than two and a half times the EU27 average
- The Netherlands recorded a level one third above the average.
- Ireland, Denmark, Austria and Sweden were between 20% and 30% above the EU27 average
- Belgium, Germany and Finland were between 15% and 20% above average
- The United Kingdom and France registered GDP per capita around 10% above the EU27 average
- Italy, Spain and Cyprus were around the average
Understanding High Street Performance
This one from BIS we need to look at alongside the Portas Review: it addresses some of the issues I had with her report on my first reading. But it will take a while to get through it all.
It is “a review of the available research and analysis of the drivers and barriers which impact on the economic and social performance of high streets, in order to provide an independent and robust evidence base….It is also intended to be a key input to the Independent Review of the High Street led by Mary Portas.”