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A local population with a high proportion in full time employment is likely to be more affluent than one with high levels of unemployment.  The following table shows some basic statistics about the local population and offers insight on how the local workforce might influence the local economy

2001 CENSUS

Oval Ward

Princes Ward

Vassal Ward

Lambeth

POPULATION AGED 16-74

9,456

8,917

9,780

203,976






Economically active

72%

68%

65%

71%

Part time

7%

8%

8%

7%

Full time

48%

43%

39%

46%

Self-employed

8%

8%

7%

9%

Unemployed

6%

6%

7%

6%

Full time student

3%

3%

4%

3%






Economically inactive

28%

32%

35%

29%

Retired

6%

10%

7%

7%

Student

6%

6%

9%

7%

Looking after home/family

5%

5%

7%

6%

Permanently sick/disabled

5%

5%

7%

5%

Other

5%

5%

6%

5%

The figures show that almost 1 in 3 of those aged 16 to 74 are economically inactive.  Oval ward is somewhat ahead with with some 72% of those aged 16-74 being economically active and 48% in full time employment.  Of course the age distributions of each ward will affect these figures.  Vassal ward has proportionally more students but this may mean that they have proportionally more in the relevant age groups.


No doubt the ONS have good reasons to place retired people in the ‘economically inactive’ category but this not mean that they are inactive. Many will be contributing to the local economy and their communities in other ways.

2001 CENSUS

Oval Ward

Princes Ward

Vassal Ward

Lambeth

COUNTRY OF BIRTH





England

61%

64%

62%

65%

Scotland

2.0%

2.2%

1.6%

1.9%

Wales

1.4%

1.3%

1.1%

1.2%

Northern Ireland

0.7%

0.6%

0.5%

0.7%

Republic of Ireland

2.7%

2.8%

2.3%

2.2%

Elsewhere in the European Union

8%

5%

5%

5%

Outside the European Union

24%

24%

28%

24%