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Unemployment by borough

Key points

  • The average unemployment rate in London was slightly higher than the national average.
  • Within London, the highest levels of unemployment are found in Barking and Dagenham.
  • Unemployment in most boroughs either increased or did not change much between 2007 and 2012.

Working-age population unemployed in London boroughs and core cities


What does this graph show?

The graph looks at how unemployment varies within London. It shows the unemployment rate for each London borough and the English core cities (the seven largest cities outside of London). In the last LPP Tower Hamlets had the highest level of unemployment, but despite unemployment hardly changing, it is no longer highest. In 2010-12 the London boroughs with the highest unemployment at almost 10% were Barking & Dagenham and Newham. Both have seen large increases in unemployment between 2007-09 and 2010-12, despite considerable investment relating to the Olympics. Over the same period some Inner London boroughs, such as Kensington & Chelsea, Lewisham, and Hackney saw declines in unemployment rates. This indicates the changing profile of growth and development in London.

Compared to the core cities, London had the second lowest unemployment rate, though the unemployment rates in most of the core cities were quite similar to London. Only Bristol had a lower unemployment rate than London at under 6%. Birmingham, Newcastle, and Liverpool had the highest unemployment rates, at or above 8%.

Data used

Annual Population Survey, ONS via NOMIS

Indicator last updated: 14 October 2013