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