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Black Country Claimant Count - Released September 2022
The Black Country had 44,645 claimants in August 2022, an increase of 550 claimants (+1.2%) since July 2022; the UK increased by 1.0% over this period. Compared to August 2021, Black Country claimants decreased by 12,095 (-21.3%); the UK decreased by 28.3% over this period. The Black Country has 6,370 more claimants since March 2020. This is an increase for the Black Country by 16.6%, while the UK increased by 21.2%.
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Black Country Annual Population Survey, Labour Market: Year ending March 2022
In the year ending March 2022, the employment rate in the Black Country was 72.8%, compared to 75.1% for UK overall. Since the year ending March 2021, for the Black Country, this decreased by 0.2 percentage points (pp) compared to a 0.4pp increase nationally.
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Black Country Claimant Count - Released August 2022
The Black Country had 44,790 claimants in July 2022, an increase of 70 claimants (+0.2%) since June 2022; the UK decreased by 0.5% over this period. Compared to July 2021, Black Country claimants decreased by 13,795 (-23.5%); the UK decreased by 31.0% over this period. The Black Country has 6,515 more claimants since March 2020. This is an increase for the Black Country by 17.0%, while the UK increased by 21.5%.
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Black Country Claimant Count - Released July 2022
The Black Country had 45,555 claimants in June 2022, an increase of 190 claimants (+0.4%) since May 2022; the UK decreased by 1.2% over this period. Compared to May 2021, Black Country claimants decreased by 14,375 (-24.0%); the UK decreased by 31.6% over this period. The Black Country has 7,280 more claimants since March 2020. This is an increase for the Black Country by 19.0%, while the UK increased by 23.2%.
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GVA Per Hour Worked and GVA Per Filled Job for 2020
Smoothed GVA per hour worked for the Black Country area increased by 3.6% (+£1.06) since 2019 to reach £33.67 in 2020, the UK1 increased by 2.1% (+£0.78 to £37.73). There was a shortfall of £7.06 when comparing the Black Country area to the UK.
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Carbon Dioxide Emissions 2020
This release now covers territorial emissions of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide, although not fluorinated gases. However, the focus of this briefing will be on carbon dioxide emissions only.  In 2020, the Black Country area produced a total of 4,062 kt CO2e emissions, a decrease of 10.3% (-465 Kt CO2e) compared to a decrease of 10.5% nationally since 2019.
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First Results from Census 2022 in England and Wales - Population and Household Estimates
The usual resident population in the Black Country area was 1,213,200 on Census Day (21st March 2021), an increase of 6.4% (+73,419) when compared with Census Day 2011. England-wide the population increased by 6.6% to 56,489,800 on Census Day 2021. Notably, Sandwell increased by 33,837 – 18th highest increase out of 331 areas.
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Black Country Claimant Count - Released June 2022
The Black Country had 46,185 claimants in May 2022, a decrease of 535 claimants (-1.1%) since April 2022; the UK decreased by 1.5% over this period. Compared to May 2021, Black Country claimants decreased by 16,740 (-26.6%); the UK decreased by 34.7% over this period. The Black Country has 7,910 more claimants since March 2020. This is an increase for the Black Country by 20.7%, while the UK increased by 26.7%.
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Gross Value Added (GVA): Released May 2022
The Black Country’s total GVA decreased from £22.4bn in 2019 to £21.8bn in 2020. This equated to a 2.8% annual decrease, reflecting the UK trend (-3.4%) – driven by the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Sub Regional Fuel Poverty in England, 2021
The Low Income Low Energy Efficiency (LILEE) fuel poverty metric was set out in the Fuel Poverty Sustainable Warmth strategy published in February 2021
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NatWest Purchasing Manager Index (PMI) Survey: West Midlands Region Released May 20221
The West Midlands Business Activity Index decreased from 59.1 in March 2022 to 54.5 in April 2022. Where output rose, firms reported new contract wins, expanded capacities and the catching up of projects that had been delayed due to Covid-19. The upturn was restricted by subdued demand conditions, amid acute inflationary pressures and concerns around the cost of living.
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Black Country Claimant Count - Released May 2022
The Black Country had 47,335 claimants in April 2022, a decrease of 750 claimants (+1.6%) since March 2022; the UK decreased by 3.7% over this period. Compared to April 2021, Black Country claimants decreased by 18,495 (-28.1%); the UK decreased by 37.1% over this period. The Black Country has 9,060 more claimants since March 2020. This is an increase for the Black Country by 23.7%, while the UK increased by 30.4%.
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Black Country Qualification (NVQ) Levels: 2021
In the Black Country area, the number of people with NVQ 4+ qualifications increased by 6.4% over the year to approximately 227,100 (from 213,500 in 2020) compared to an increase of 0.6% across England.
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Black Country - Annual Population Survey, Labour Market: 2021
In 2021, the employment rate in the Black Country was 73.4%, compared to 74.7% for UK overall. For the Black Country, this is the highest employment rate on record for full annual analysis. Since 2020, for the Black Country, this has increased by 1.4 percentage points (pp) compared to a 0.4pp decrease nationally.
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Black Country Claimant Count: March 2022 - Released April 2022
The Black Country had 48,975 claimants in March 2022, an increase of 255 claimants (+0.5%) since February 2022; the UK decreased by 1.3% over this period. Compared to March 2021, Black Country claimants decreased by 18,050 (-26.9%); the UK decreased by 34.5% over this period. The Black Country has 10,700 more claimants since March 2020. This is an increase for the Black Country by 28.0%, while the UK increased by 38.2%.
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NatWest Purchasing Manager Index (PMI) Survey: March 2022 - Released April 2022
The West Midlands Business Activity Index increased from 58.4 in February 2022 to 59.1 in March 2022, this was the fastest rate of growth in nine months. This increase was associated with backlog-clearing efforts, greater sales and a rush to beat price hikes. Out of the twelve UK regions, the West Midlands region was sixth lowest for the Business Activity Index in March 2022.
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Black Country Claimant Count: February 2022 - Released March 2022
The Black Country had 49,545 claimants in February 2022, an increase of 810 claimants (+1.7%) since January 2022; the UK increased by 1.8% over this period. Compared to February 2021, Black Country claimants decreased by 17,515 (-26.1%); the UK decreased by 32.4% over this period. The Black Country has 11,270 more claimants since March 2020. This is an increase for the Black Country by 29.4%, while the UK increased by 42.6%.
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NatWest Purchasing Manager Index (PMI) Survey: West Midlands Region Released March 2022
The West Midlands Business Activity Index increased from 51.9 in January 2022 to 58.4 in February 2022, this was the fastest rate of growth in eight months. This increase was associated with a strong improvement of demand conditions amid the end of restrictions.
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Black Country Claimant Count: January 2022 - Released February 2022
The Black Country had 49,650 claimants in January 2022, an increase of 100 claimants (0.2%) since December 2021; the UK decreased by 0.2% over this period. Compared to January 2021, Black Country claimants decreased by 15,040 (-23.2%); the UK decreased by 29.2% over this period. The Black Country has 11,375 more claimants since March 2020. This is an increase for the Black Country by 29.7%, while the UK increased by 42.9%.
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NatWest Purchasing Manager Index (PMI) Survey: West Midlands Region Released February 2022
The West Midlands Business Activity Index increased from 50.7 in December 2021 to 51.9 in January 2022, this shows a quicker rate of growth but was moderate and slower than those recorded in 2021.
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Black Country - Annual Population Survey: Year Ending September 2021
In the year ending September 2021, the employment rate in the Black Country was 73.0%, compared to 74.9% for England overall. For the Black Country, this is the highest employment rate on record for when the year is ending September.
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Black Country Claimant Count: December 2021 - Released January 2022
The Black Country had 50,480 claimants in December 2021, a decrease of 820 claimants (-1.6%) since November 2021; the UK decreased by 1.8% over this period. Compared to December 2020, Black Country claimants decreased by 14,525 (-22.3%); the UK decreased by 28.6% over this period. The Black Country has 12,205 more claimants since March 2020. This is an increase for the Black Country by 31.9%, while the UK increased by 45.7%.
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NatWest Purchasing Manager Index (PMI) Survey: West Midlands Region Released January 2022
The West Midlands Business Activity Index decreased from 54.3 in November 2021 to 50.7 in December 2021. Despite the fall, the index remains above the 50-growth mark meaning this was the eleventh successive month for increase in output, although the latest reading shows the rate of increase slowed to the weakest over this period.
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Black Country Claimant Count: November 2021 - Released December 2021
The Black Country had 55,255 claimants in November 2021, a decrease of 825 claimants (-1.6%) from October 2021; the UK decreased by 2.0% over this period. Compared to the same month in 2020, Black Country claimants decreased by 13,265 (-20.2%); the UK decreased by 26.3% over this period.
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NatWest Purchasing Manager Index (PMI) Survey: West Midlands Region Released December 20211
The West Midlands Business Activity Index decreased from 56.9 in October 2021 to 54.3 in November 2021. Despite the fall, the index remains above the 50-growth mark meaning this was the tenth successive month for increase in output. Although the upturn was the slowest increase since February.
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Black Country Business Demography - Released November 2021
The number of active enterprises in the Black Country increased from 39,345 in 2019 to 40,415 in 2020. This equates to an increase of 2.7% - considerably surpassing the national average growth of 0.4% - despite the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Black Country Claimant Count: October 2021 - Released November 2021
The Black Country had 54,025 claimants in October 2021, a decrease of 525 claimants (-1.0%) from September 2021; the UK decreased by 1.8% over this period. Compared to the same month in 2020, Black Country claimants decreased by 10,410 (-16.2%); the UK decreased by 22.2% over this period. The Black Country now has 15,750 more claimants since March 2020. This is an increase for the Black Country by 41.5%, while the UK increased by 57.4%.....
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Business Register and Employment Survey - 2021 Release
The Black Country had 54,025 claimants in October 2021, a decrease of 525 claimants (-1.0%) from September 2021; the UK decreased by 1.8% over this period. Compared to the same month in 2020, Black Country claimants decreased by 10,410 (-16.2%); the UK decreased by 22.2% over this period. The Black Country now has 15,750 more claimants since March 2020. This is an increase for the Black Country by 41.5%, while the UK increased by 57.4%.....
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Business Register and Employment Survey - 2021 Release
The response rate for the 2020 BRES was 72.6%, which was lower than the 2019 BRES response rate of 83.6%. Survey contributor-level comments provided to ONS over the telephone or electronically suggested the estimates were affected by COVID-19 planning and response....
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Trade in Goods Statistics: dis-aggregated by smaller geographical areas: 2020
In 2020, the Black Country exported nearly £2.8bn and imported £3.9bn of goods, this leading to a trade deficit of £1.1bn. Compared to 2019, the trade deficit has decreased from £1.46bn...
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Black Country: Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) - Released November 2021
There has been a total of 158,600 claims made from 43,800 individuals in the Black Country across all SEISS grants; the total claims reached a value of £398.9m...
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Black Country Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) Statistics - Released November 2021
In total, the Black Country area had 22,000 employments furloughed on the 30th September 2021. This reflects a 4.6% take-up of eligible employments for the scheme, compared to UK-wide of 4.0%...
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Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) 2021: Black Country
Average full-time annual earnings for Black Country residents have rose by £405 (+1.5%) since April 2020 to reach £28,169 in April 2021...
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Gross Disposable Household Income, 2019 – Released October 2021
Overall, for the Black Country area, 36.3% of adults (343,300) were classed as inactive in May 2020/21. This has increased by 1.4 percentage points...
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Gross Disposable Household Income, 2019 – Released October 2021
Gross Disposable Household Income (GDHI) is the amount of money that all of the individuals in the household sector have available for spending or saving after they have paid direct and indirect taxes and received any direct benefits...
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Black Country - Annual Population Survey: Year Ending June 2021
In the year ending June 2021, the employment rate in the Black Country was 73.3%, compared to 74.7% for England overall...
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Black Country Claimant Count: September 2021 - Released October 202
The Black Country had 55,700 claimants in September 2021, a decrease of 1,040 claimants (-1.8%) from August 2021; the UK decreased by 3.0% over this period. Compared to the same month in 2020, Black Country claimants decreased by 10,245 (-15.5%); the UK decreased by 21.7% over this period...
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Black Country: Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) Released October 2021
There has been a total of 156,200 claims made from 43,700 individuals in the Black Country across all SEISS grants; the total claims reached a value of £394.1m...
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Black Country Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) Statistics: Released October 2021
In total, the Black Country area had 24,900 employments furloughed on the 31st July 2021. This reflects a 5.2% take-up of eligible employments for the scheme, compared to UK-wide of 4.6%. When compared to 30th July 2021, the number of employments furloughed in the Black Country area decreased by 4,300 (-14.7%, UK -16.6%).
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UK Business: Activity, Size and Location - October 2021
The March 2021 snapshot shows there were 35,720 enterprises in the Black Country. This was an increase of 4% (+1,360 enterprises) compared to the March 2020 snapshot,,,,,,
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Black Country - Annual Population Survey, Employment Activity: Year Ending March 2021
In year ending March 2021, the employment rate in the Black Country was 73%, compared to 75.1% for England overall...
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Black Country Claimant Count: August 2021 - Released September 2021
The Black Country had 57,825 claimants in August 2021, a decrease of 760 claimants (-1.3%) from July 2021; the UK decreased by 2.1% over this period...
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Black Country: Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) Released September 2021
There has been a total of 151,500 claims made from 43,600 individuals in the Black Country across all SEISS grants; the total claims reached a value of nearly £386m...
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Black Country Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) Statistics: Released September 2021
In total, the Black Country area had 28,800 employments furloughed on the 31st July 2021...
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Black Country Claimant Count July 2021: Released August 2021
The Black Country had 59,520 claimants in July 2021, a decrease of 410 claimants (-0.7%) from June 2021; the UK decreased by 0.8% over this period...
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Black Country Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) Statistics: Released July 2021
In total, the Black Country area had 33,100 employments furloughed on the 30th June 2021...
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Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) or Not Known (NK): Released July 2021
In the Black Country, there were 3.9% (1,130) of 16- and 17-years olds not in education, employment or training (NEET) or not known (NK) at the end of 2020 (average of December 2020, January 2021 and February 2021)...
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GVA per Hour Worked and GVA per Filled Job: 2019
The Black Country smoothed GVA per hour worked increased from £27.48 in 2018 to £27.78 in 2019 (+1.1%, +£0.30)....
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Black Country Claimant Count - July 2021
The Black Country had 61,005 claimants in June 2021, a decrease of 1,920 claimants...
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Black Country Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) - Released 1st July 2021
Across the Black Country area, 49,000 people were eligible for the fourth grant of SEISS...
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Black Country Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) Statistics: Released 1st July 2021
In total, the Black Country area had 38,900 employments furloughed on the 31st May 2021...
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Black Country Mid-Year 2020 Population Estimates
Mid-2020 population estimates show there were 1.2m residents in the Black Country...
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Carbon Dioxide Emissions for 2019
In 2019 The Black Country area produced a total of 4,495 Kt CO2 emissions ...
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Black Country Claimant Count Summary: June 2021
The Black Country had 63,830 claimants in May 2021, a decrease of 2,000 claimants from April 2021 ...
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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) Statistics: June 2021
 
In total, the Black Country LEP area had 53,800 employments furloughed at 30th April 2021 ...
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Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS): Black Country LEP Briefing June 2021
 
The main figures are based on claims submitted for third grant SEISS to 9th May 2021...
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Black Country Claimant Count Summary: May 2021
The Black Country had 66,240 claimants in April 2021, a decrease of 785 claimants from March 2021 ...
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Black Country Business and Labour Market Intelligence: May 2021
Aiming to provide the Black Country LEP Board, other local forums and local partners with real-time intelligence on the Black Country business environment and labour market...
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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) Statistics: May 2021
In total, the Black Country area had 65,700 employments furloughed at 31st March 2021...
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Sub-Regional Fuel Poverty in England, 2021 (2019 data)
These are the first sub-regional estimates to be published under the new Low Income Low Energy Efficiency fuel poverty metric
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Black Country APS Qualifications (NVQ)
The Black Country working age population continues to grow and numbers for 2020 show 730,400 people (aged 16-64)...
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Black Country Claimant Count Summary: April 2021
The Black Country had 67,375 claimants in March 2021, an increase of 315 claimants from February 2021 ...
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Annual Population Survey: Employment Activity: 2020 (Released April 2021)
In 2020, the employment rate in the Black Country was 71.9% compare to 75.5% for England overall. This has increased by 1.5 percentage points …
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Black Country Claimant Count Summary: 23rd March 2021
The Black Country had 67,380 claimants in February 2021, an increase of 4.2% ...
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Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)
The figures are based on claims submitted for the third grant of SEISS to 31st January 2021...
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Claimant Count Summary Released 23rd January 2021 
The Black Country had 64,890 claimants in January 2021...
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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) Statistics: January 2021
In total, the Black Country area had 60,700 employments furloughed at 31st December...
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Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)
The figures are based on claims submitted for the third grant of SEISS to 31st December 2020...
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Claimant Count Summary Released 26th January 2021 
The Black Country had 65,385 claimants in December 2020...
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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) Statistics: December 2020 
In total, the Black Country area had 38,300 employments furloughed on the 31st October...
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Claimant Count Summary for November 2020
The Black Country had 65,980 claimants in November 2020, an increase of 2.4% ...
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Understanding Towns Spatial Analysis
Insight and spatial analysis on towns, with a focus on employment growth, population growth and classification...
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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) Statistics: November 2020 
In total, the Black Country area had 41,200 employments furloughed on the 30th September...
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Business Demography 2019 
The number of active enterprises in the Black Country increased from 38,330 in 2018 to 39,345 in 2019. This equates to an increase of 2.6% - matching the national average growth...
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Business Register and Employment (BRES) Survey: Released November 2020 
 
In the Black Country there were 444,000 jobs in 2019. This is a decrease of 1.3% (-6,000 jobs) from 2018, nationally there was n increase of 1.4%...
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Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) October 2020 
Across the Black Country area, there were 49,100 of the population eligible for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)....
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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) Statistics October 2020
In total, the Black Country LEP area had 54,900 employments furloughed on the 31st August...
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Annual Population Survey: Employment Activity: July 2019 - June 2020
In the year ending June 2020, the employment rate in the Black Country was 72.4%, compared to 76.5% for England overall...
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Claimant Count Summary for September 2020: Released 13th October 2020
The Black Country had 66,960 claimants in September 2020, an increase of 1.4% (+900) from August 2020, the UK increase was 0.8%...
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UK Business: Activity Size and Location September 2020
Across The UK Business: activity, size and location dataset released today provides a snapshot of the business demography dataset from 15th March 2020...
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UK Self-Employment Income Support Scheme - Claims Received up to 31st August 2020
Across the Black Country area, there were 49,100 of the population eligible for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)......
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UK Regional Trade in Goods Statistics: Year Ending Q2 2020
In the year ending Q2 2020, the West Midlands regional export value was worth nearly £27.5bn a decrease of 14.4% (-£4.6bn) when compared to the year ending Q2 2019. The UK decreased by 9.0% to reach £314.2bn.....
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Claimant Count Summary - August 2020
Across The Black Country had 66,820 claimants in August 2020, an increase of 3.1% (+2,030) from July 2020, the UK increase was 3.2%.....
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Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) - August 2020
Across the Black Country area, there were 49,500 of the population eligible for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.....
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Total Number of Workers Furloughed - August 2020
Across the Black Country LEP, there were 177,500 workers furloughed over the duration of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.....
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Labour Market Statistics - August 2020
The employment rate for the West Midlands Region between April to June 2020 was 75% while the UK was 76.4%...
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Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS)
For the Black Country area, there was a total potentially eligible population of 449,000 for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)...
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Total Number of Staff Furloughed
Overall for the West Midlands region, 820,200 people have been furloughed which is approximately 32% of Jobs...
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Claimant Count Summary - August 2020
The Black Country had 65,705 claimants in July 2020, an increase of 2.6% (+1,695) from June 2020, the national increase was 3.3%. 
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Black Country CO2 Emissions Estimates
The In 2018, the Black Country produced a total of 4,636Kt CO2 emissions. This equates to 3.9 tonnes per capita, below the England average...
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Black Country Mid-Year 2019 Population Estimates
The Black Country population is growing and in 2019 stands at nearly 1.2m residents - a 0.5% increase from 2018...
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Sports England - Active Lives Adult Survey: November 2018/19 - Released April 2020
Within the Black Country, 52.6% (494,000) of adults were classed as physically active in November 2018/19, this has decreased by 2.4 percentage points when compared to...
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Black Country Annual Population Survey (APS) - April 2020
The Black Country working age population continues to grow and now numbers 729,200 people (16-64)...
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Annual Population Survey: Employment Activity: January - December 2019
The Black Country employment rate in 2019 was 70.4%, (500,600 people) this is an increase of 1.7 percentage points...
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Weekly Deaths Registered 10th April 2020
The overall death figure has increased from 16,387 in the week of 3rd April 2020 to 18,516 in the week of 10th April 2020 in England and Wales...
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2018-Based Subnational Population Projections
The 2018-based subnational population projections suggest that the Black Country ambition of a 1.2m population is forecasted to be reached in 2019...
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House price to residence-based earnings ratio
The average median house price in the Black Country was £157,488 in the year ending September 2019...
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Household Income 2019
The Black Country average household income before housing costs was £26,563 in 2018, with the national average standing at £31,872...
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GVA per hour worked and GVA per filled job (February 2020)
The Black Country GVA per hour workedincreased from £25.8 in 2017 to £26.76 in 2018. This is an increase of 3.6% which is above the national average of 2.1%.
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Key Stage 4 School Performance 2019
The Average Attainment 8 score per pupil is 0.7 percentage points higher than 2018 but still 2.0 percentage points below the national average (46.7).
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Closing the Gap: Employer Engagement in England's Schools and Colleges 2019
The `Closing the Gap` report explores the current level of employer engagement in secondary education in England.
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Gross Value Added (GVA) and Gross Domestic Product (GDP): December 2019
This is the first release of annual estimates of GDP for subnational areas of the UK.
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Active Lives: Children and Young Person Survey - Academic Year 2018/19
In the Black Country, there were approximately 43.0% (17,900) of children that were classed as active, an increase of 4.2pp
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ESFA 2018/19 (full-year) Apprenticeship Starts Briefing Paper
In 2018/19 there were 10,300 apprenticeship starts across the Black Country LEP area. This is an increase of 9.4% or 890 in absolute numbers from 2017/18
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Business Demography
This recent ONS Business Demography provides information on the Black Country Enterprise base.
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Regional Trade in Goods Statistics
In 2018, the West Midlands 7 Met. area exported £16.6bn worth of good across the world and imported £15.3bn.Click to learn more.
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Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) – Workplace and Resident Based
The latest annual ASHE data was released on 29th October 2019, the data shows the gross annual pay at a workplace and resident level across areas.
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Black Country IMD 2019 Barometer 
The Indices of Deprivation 2019 combines a number of indicators, chosen to cover a range of economic, social and housing issues, into a single deprivation score for each small area in England, and is the Government’s official measure of multiple deprivation at low-level geography.
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Black Country: Personal well-being estimates - October 2019
Personal well-being estimates are based on 4 indicators; life satisfaction, worthwhile, happiness and anxiety. Each indicator is based on one question.
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Black Country: Annual Population Survey - Employment Activity - June 2019
The increase in the employment rate for the Black Country in the year ending June 2019 was the second highest of all LEPs.
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Black Country Business Counts October 2019

UK Business Counts provides the number of enterprises as of the 15th March each year.
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Black Country Brexit Monitor September 2019

A look at; key statistics, regional GDP, business activity, chamber confidence, trade, regional accounts, labour market, quarterly employment and the housing market.
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Black Country: Regional GDP Briefing 2018

Please note, the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) estimates are designed as experimental statistics and should be interpreted with some caution.  
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UK Business Register and Employment (BRES) Survey: 26th September 2019 Release
The latest annual BRES data was released this week, displaying the number of employees across areas and within sectors.

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The English Indices of Deprivation 2019

The indices of Deprivation 2019 combines a number of indicators, chosen to cover a range of economic, social and housing issues, into a single deprivation score for each small area in England and is the Government's official measure of multiple deprivation at low-level geography.
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Black Country: Local Area Migration Indicators 2018

Please note, the data is on a mid-year basis. There was a long-term international flow of 7,835 people in 2017/18 to the Black Country.
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Black Country: Annual Population Survey - Employment Activity -  March 2019

In the year ending March 2019, the employment rate in the Black Country was 69.9% (510,300 people) compared to 75.6% for England overall
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Black Country CO2 Emissions Estimate - 2017
In 2017, the Black Country produced a total of 4,766 Kt CO2 emissions. This equates to 4.0 tonnes per capita, below the England average of 5.1.
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Black Country Mid-Year Population Estimates 2018
The Black Country population is growing and in 2018 stands at 1.19m residents – a 0.6% increase from 2017. The Black Country LEP has one of the youngest populations (0 – 15 years old) across all LEPs at 21.2% of the total
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Benchmarking Local Innovation Briefing 2019
The Enterprise Research Centre’s (ERC) report provides innovation benchmarks for local areas in England (defined by LEPs). The benchmarks are based on a new analysis of data from the 14,000 firms which responded to the UK Innovation Survey 2017
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Sub Regional Fuel Poverty in England, 2019 (2017 data)
Experimental Statistics were released on the 13th June 2019 by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy on sub-regional fuel poverty in England.
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Adult Active Lives: April 2019 Release
The Active Lives report provides an updated comprehensive overview of adult (age 16+) sport and physical activity in England in the 12 months from November 2017 to November 2018. 
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Black Country APS Qualifications (NVQ): April 2019 Release
The Annual Population Survey (APS) datasets from the Office of National Statistics were updated on 16 April 2019 with new figures for the Jan 2018 – Dec 2018 survey period.
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Annual Population Survey: Employment Activity: January – December 2018 (April 2019 Release)
Employment Activity data for 2018 released by the Office of National Statistics.
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Housing Starts & Completions data 2018: March 2019 Release
Data released by the Office of National Statistics containing quarterly updates of the number of housing starts and completions for local authorities and LEP’s to the end of December 2018.
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International Exports of Services: February 2019 Release
Great Britain exported £251,167m in services in 2016 with the West Midlands 7 Met area accounting for 2.2% of the UK output. There are eight "functional categories” where four are based on industries and four based on products.
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GVA per Hour Worked and GVA per Filled Job: February 2019 Release
The Black Country GVA per hour worked increased from £26.5 in 2016 to £27.6 in 2017. This is an increase of 4.3% which is above the national average of 2.6%.
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Gross Value Added (GVA): December 2018 Release
The Black County GVA continues to rise and reached £21.7bn in 2017. Across the WMCA 3 LEP geography strong growth was recorded with the Black Country reporting the highest growth rate in GVA. 
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ONS Business Demography Data: 21st November Release
The recent ONS Business Demography illustrates a growth in the Black Country business base with a total of 38,505 businesses currently active in the Black Country in 2017.
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UK Active Lives Survey: October Release
The Active Lives survey data was released this month, showing data about the activity levels of residents within the Black Country.

The data shows a positive story for the Black Country…
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Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) – Workplace and Resident Based
The latest annual ASHE data was released on 25th October 2018, the data shows the gross annual pay at a workplace and resident level across areas.

Over the past year, the Black Country workplace annual gross pay increased by £626 (+2.5%) to £25,791…
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UK House Price Index (August 2018): October 2018 Release
The latest house price index figures were released this month, displaying the price of houses in the Black Country...
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UK Business Counts Annual Release: October 2018
The latest annual UK Business Counts data was released at the start of October, displaying the number of enterprises across areas and within sectors.

Following impressive business growth in the last 5 years, the new data shows the number of Black Country businesses stabilising at its high level of over 33,000…
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UK Business Register and Employment (BRES) Survey: 27th September 2018 Release
The annual BRES data issued on 27th September 2018, displaying the number of employees across areas and within sectors.

The data displays a really positive story for the Black Country...
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2016 Household Projections - Black Country
The number of households in the Black Country is projected to increase by almost 69,000 (+15%) over the next 25 years....
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Employer Skills Survey 2017
The 2017 survey is the fourth in a series conducted biennially since 2011....
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