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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.

About the data

The economic inactivity rate is higher for females (24.5%) than it is for males (19.1%) in Somerset, whereas regionally and nationally there is a much starker difference. Indeed, at the UK level, the inactivity rate for males (18.1%) is 7.3 percentage points lower than it is for females (25.4%).

There is a similar pattern for employment rates between males and females at these respective geographies, although the difference within Somerset is notably larger, with a male employment rate of 78.7% compared to a female employment rate of 71.7%.

The latest data as of June 2021 reports there to have been 6,000 unemployed females in Somerset, a rate of 5%, compared to 3,500 males and a rate of 2.7%. This shows a different pattern to unemployment rates among males and females regionally and nationally.  The regional unemployment rates were 4.3% for males and 3.6% for females, whilst nationally they were 5.4% for males and 4.7% for females.

There is also a clear disparity between the self-employment rates of males (13.4%) and females (5.8%) in Somerset, although this is true at most other geographies, including at the UK level, where male self-employment (12.1%) the female rate of self-employment (6.7%).

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

Source: ONS, NOMIS, Annual Population Survey July 2020 – June 2021