Posted on 8 February 2011 by Gavin Wray
Warwickshire County Council and Coventry City Council have carried out a sub-regional economic assessment. The draft economic assessment is now available and comments are invited.
The economic assessment and feedback form are available on the Warwickshire County Council website. There are also supporting papers on innovation, future sectoral growth, functional economic geography and business starts and growth.
Filed under: Coventry, Economy & Labour Force, Research, Warwickshire | Tagged: consultation, Coventry, Local Economic Assessment, Warwickshire | Leave a comment »
Posted on 24 January 2011 by Gavin Wray
The Centre for Cities have published Cities Outlook 2011 (pdf, 2.4mb), identifying the UK cities best placed for a private sector-led recovery.
According to the report, five cities to watch are Milton Keynes, Reading, Aberdeen, Leeds and Bristol. These cities have high potential to create private sector jobs and are less vulnerable to public sector job losses and spending cuts.
The report identifies five vulnerable cities that may not gain the benefits of national economic recovery for some time: Sunderland, Liverpool, Birkenhead, Swansea and Newport.
Performance of large cities, including Birmingham, will remain crucial in providing private sector jobs.
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Posted on 6 January 2011 by Gavin Wray
The December 2010 issue of the Local Government Association’s analysis and research bulletin (pdf, 328kb) is now available.
The bulletin highlights new research and statistics on:
- Employment, pay and workforce trends
- Education and children’s services
- Health and social care
- Local government
- Population and migration
- Culture, tourism and sport
- Crime and disorder
- Communities and place shaping
The current and previous issues are available on the Local Government Association’s website.
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Posted on 23 November 2010 by Gavin Wray
Sandwell Trends is a local information system providing data, intelligence and analysis about the people and places in Sandwell.
The website, produced by Research Sandwell, provides:
- A data warehouse which stores detailed data that you can interrogate.
- Mapping and charting tools.
- Topic pages on specific data topics.
- Briefings on various topics, including research methodology.
- Tools to compares with each other.
Home page: www.sandwelltrends.info
Place Survey themed page
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Posted on 22 November 2010 by Gavin Wray
This is the last newsletter from ONS West Midlands – the regional statistician service ceased in the West Midlands as of 21 October 2010.
The newsletter contains information on statistical consultations together with recent and planned ONS publications that might be of interest to you.
Filed under: Data, Office for National Statistics, Regional Data and Intelligence Network, West Midlands | Tagged: data releases, Office for National Statistics, Regional Statisticians, West Midlands | Leave a comment »
Posted on 19 October 2010 by Gavin Wray
We’ve launched a new website as part of our Fit for the Future project. Earlier this year we asked:
In your view, what would a successful low carbon economy look like and how should the West Midlands transform its economy to meet that vision?
The new website presents five articles given in response, written by contributors working in manufacturing, local government, education, public and voluntary sectors.
We want the articles to stimulate a debate so, this year, we decided to present the articles in an online commentable form. Please do visit the website, have a read and add your comments to the articles.
Filed under: Economy & Labour Force, Environment, Low carbon, Regional Data and Intelligence Network, State of the Region, West Midlands | Tagged: fftf2, low carbon, low carbon economy, WMRO | Leave a comment »
Posted on 18 October 2010 by Gavin Wray
In advance of the government’s spending review announcement on Wednesday 20 October, the BBC Politics Show West Midlands discussed the impact of public sector job losses in the West Midlands.
They interviewed Andy Phillips, Head of Skills Research at the Observatory, and featured our recent briefing paper which examines the local impact of public sector job cuts (pdf, 351kb).
The story is available to watch on the BBC iPlayer for the next six days.
Filed under: Economy & Labour Force, Employment, Population & Society, Regional Data and Intelligence Network, Research, Skills, West Midlands, West Midlands Regional Observatory | Tagged: BBC Politics Show, CSR, public sector, spending review, unemployment, West Midlands, WMRO | Leave a comment »
Posted on 7 September 2010 by Gavin Wray
56 proposals for local enterprise partnerships across the country have been submitted, the government has confirmed, following the closing day for submissions.
There are seven proposals from the West Midlands:
Three distinct responses in respect to cross boundary working arrangements have also been received from Peak District, South East England and West Leicestershire and Northern Warwickshire.
Here’s the full list of proposals.
Filed under: Birmingham, Black Country, City Region, Coventry, Economy & Labour Force, Geographical Information, Herefordshire, Regional Data and Intelligence Network, Shropshire, Solihull, Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Telford & Wrekin, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire | Tagged: economic development, LEPs, local enterprise partnerships | 2 Comments »
Posted on 3 September 2010 by Gavin Wray
The August 2010 economic update report (pdf, 482kb) from Advantage West Midlands is now available.
The report includes headlines and statistics, both national and from the West Midlands, on the state of the economy, inflation, the labour market, house prices, manufacturing, automotive, services sectors, construction, and retail.
The updates are published monthly here.
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Posted on 11 August 2010 by Gavin Wray
Updated monthly data on the West Midlands labour market were released today by the Office for National Statistics.
- Unemployment in the West Midlands has fallen — by 66,000 people over the last year, and 27,000 people in the last quarter. There are, however, 59,000 more unemployed people in the West Midlands than in February 2008.
- Unemployment has fallen faster in the West Midlands than anywhere else in the country over the last year and in the last quarter. However, unemployment rose more sharply here than elsewhere earlier in the recession, so essentially this is a rebalancing of employment levels.
- We’re not out of the woods yet. Employment levels have not yet reached their pre-recession levels, and we’re expecting a significant loss of public sector jobs in the coming months, which could wipe out the recent drop in unemployment altogether.
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