Just completed a MOOC course online which had some statistics in it.  Explaining what the terms are and their uses. I receive newsletters from the Office of National statistics and below is a summary of one survey  recently received. Thought it might be useful information in regard to productivity, The title is unusual but is used on the website. The term is used for the statistics concerned with the UK.

NUTS = Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics.

London and Aberdeen had the highest labour productivity (gross value added (GVA) per hour worked) of UK city regions at 30% and 17% above the UK average respectively in 2014. Bristol also had productivity above the UK average. City regions in the North and Midlands of England had productivity between 9-14% below the UK average.

All NUTS1 3 areas in London had productivity above the UK average in 2014 with the highest in Tower Hamlets (93% above the UK average). In the rest of the South of England, Berkshire and East Surrey had the highest productivity levels at 28% and 27% above the UK average respectively while the lowest levels were to be found in Cornwall, Torbay and Southend-on-Sea.

The highest labour productivity levels in the North and Midlands of England in 2014 were in Cheshire East, Derby and Solihull at 14%, 8% and 6% above the UK average respectively. Blackpool, Nottingham and Blackburn with Darwin had the lowest levels.

In Scotland, Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire, and City of Edinburgh, had the highest labour productivity levels at 17% and 7% above the UK average with the lowest productivity levels found in Dumfries and Galloway.

Overall, 30 out of 147 NUTS 3 areas outside of London had labour productivity above the UK average in 2014, with 22 of these areas in the South of England, 5 in the North and Midlands and 3 in Scotland.

Of the 35 NUTS 3 areas with labour productivity more than 15% below the UK average in 2014, 3 were in the South of England, 5 in Scotland, 7 in Wales, 8 in the Midlands and 12 in the North of England. The lowest productivity levels were found in Powys in Wales and Blackpool in North West England.

The data in this report measure labour productivity. Labour productivity measures the amount of output produced by a unit of labour input. A higher level of productivity means that a higher level of output is being produced per unit of labour input.

Productivity matters because increasing productivity is critical to increasing economic growth in the long run. This follows from the fact that economic output can only be increased by either increasing the amount of inputs or by raising productivity. Increasing productivity is, therefore, an important aim for both national and local economies.  There is currently a wide spatial difference in levels of productivity between different subregions.

 

 

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