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Job Density

The jobs density of an area is the number of jobs per head, of resident population, aged 16 to 64. It is used to show the supply of jobs to an area relative to its population size, with more jobs reflective of a growing economy. A job density of 1.00 equates to one job for every person of working age.

The charts above show job density figures. The first chart plots data for Somerset, the South West and the UK between 2013 and 2018. The second chart compares lower-tier local authority areas for 2018. Right click on either chart to select and view the underlying data.

About the data

In 2018 there were 0.89 jobs per person in Somerset, mirrored the job density for the South West (0.89), but marginally higher than that for the UK (0.86).

Job density in Somerset increased steadily in the four years prior to 2018 from a low point of 0.83 in 2014, all the time tracking lower than the job density for the South West but higher than for the UK.

Within Somerset, job density is highest in Somerset West & Taunton (0.93) and lowest in Sedgemoor (0.83).

Source: ONS, NOMIS, Job Density, March 2020