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Employment & Gender


There are some notable differences between males and females when it comes to labour force data for Somerset, most notably regarding levels of unemployment and self-employment.

The table and charts above compare labour force data for males and females in Somerset, the South West and the UK. Use the dropdown menu to select and view individual areas.

About the data

The economic inactivity rate is only marginally higher for females (18.6%) than it is for males (17.4%) in Somerset, whereas regionally and nationally there is a much starker difference. Indeed, at the UK level, the inactivity rate for males (16.8%) is almost 10% lower than it is for females (26.6%).

There is a similar pattern for employment rates between males and females at these respective geographies, although the difference within Somerset is notably greater, with a male employment rate of 81.2% compared to a female employment rate of 78.0%.

The starkest differences between males and females in Somerset relate to unemployment and self-employment.

The latest data as of January 2019 reports there to have been 5,400 unemployed females in Somerset, a rate of 4.1%, compared to 2,200 males and much a lower rate of 1.7%. This disparity in unemployment rates among males and females is much greater than is the case regionally and nationally. In fact, at the national level the unemployment rates were broadly similar for males (4.4%) and females (4.2%).

There is also a clear disparity between the self-employment rates of males (16.3%) and females (8.9%) in Somerset, although this is true at most other geographies, including at the UK level, where male self-employment (14.1%) is narrowly more than double the female rate of self-employment (7%).

For definitions of employment, unemployment and economic inactivity, please see the separate page on ‘Employment’.

Source: ONS, NOMIS, Annual Population Survey