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Local economic information


Economic regeneration, through increasing employment, encouraging business growth and investment and tackling economic disadvantage, is an important activity for the County.

Accurate and up-to-date analysis and data is necessary for effective economic development within the County as it informs policy development and is essential for identifying priorities. Robust data at the local level is also essential in the bidding process for a variety of national and European funding programmes. These programmes also require such data at the local level for effective monitoring.  

Access to economic intelligence as well as general information about our county can be found on the web pages listed below. Statistics are available on the following topics, as well as links to other sources of economic intelligence relating to County Durham:

  • population
  • employment and labour market
  • unemployment
  • earnings and income
  • deprivation
  • house prices
  • travel to work
  • economic information service
  • key documents and reports
  • industrial output
  • business and enterprise
  • qualifications
  • travel to work and commuting

County Durham statistics

We hold a significant amount of data on the above issues which which you can view on our Census and Statistical Information pages. 

County Durham Economic Partnership (CDEP)

The CDEP is the strategic partnership for the regeneration and economic development of County Durham. Part of its role is to provide economic intelligence including Monthly Economic Updates for the County.

External statistics

The National Online Manpower Information System (NOMIS) - The National Online Manpower Information System (NOMIS) is a web-based database of labour market statistics, which is run on behalf of the ONS and provides the latest data on unemployment, VAT registered businesses and the labour force.

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) - The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) provides information and statistics regarding various benefits, for example Job Seekers Allowance (JSA), Income Support and Incapacity Benefit, and services such as New Deal programmes.

The Land Registry - The Land Registry continues to be one of the most reliable sources for house price information, despite a wide range of data series emerging over the last couple of years.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) - The DCLG produces the English indices of deprivation series.

Office for National Statistics (ONS) - The Office for National Statistics is the government department that provides statistical and registration services as well as the decennial census of the population.

The Audit Commission - The Audit Commission provides comprehensive guidance on how to create an area profile. It also provides a wide range of data and assessments about your area and how it compares to others. An area profile provides a rich picture of the quality of life and public services in your local area. Area profiling is particularly helpful to councils and their partners in Local Strategic Partnerships (LSPs) and to central government and national agencies.

Neighbourhood statistics - Neighbourhood statistics allows you to find detailed statistics within specific geographic areas, for example in neighbourhood regeneration.

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