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Information on Employment is drawn from the Annual Population Survey and Labour Force Survey which is carried out on a sample of 320,000 respondents across the UK. Broken into yearly quarters, the surveys provide information on such things as self-employment rates, economic inactivity and employment by gender.

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Line graph shows the trends over time. Use the slider to change the date range and the geography filters to compare different areas. View either count or percentage using the filters to enable quantitative or proportional comparisons. Breakdown by gender and other variables can be carried out using the filters. Right click the graph to show underlying data. Click to slide 2 for a map of Devon.

The proportion of residents actively participating in Devon economy is above the national average at 80.8% compared to 78% nationally. Despite a sharp fall of 3% in the second half of 2016 economic activity has been increasing steadily across Devon since mid-2011 and the total labour force has increased in size.

This increase is above the growth in working age population suggesting those who were previously economically inactive have now joined the workforce. Correspondingly the employment rate has followed an upward trend over this period with 78.3% of the working age population in either full or part time work, above the national average of 74.4%. Self-employment rates in Devon are 4.5% above the national average following a traditional theme of self-employment in Devon, especially in the more peripheral districts such as Torridge and North Devon where there may be fewer job opportunities.