GDP per person below EU average in 26 sub regions in UK and Ireland

Posted On: 
7th August 2013

What these figures demonstrate is that the old industrial heartlands and the rural areas are desperate for investment that will bring jobs and prosperity says GMB.

There are 25 out of 37 sub regions in the UK and 1 of 2 in Republic of Ireland where regional gross domestic product per inhabitant is below the average for gross domestic product per inhabitant in the EU27.

Gross domestic product (GDP) is a key measure of economic development and growth. This data presents a regional analysis of GDP for the UK and Republic of Ireland at NUTS2 level, based upon the level of GDP per inhabitant (often used as an indicator of living standards). The latest figures available are for 2010. See map in notes to editors for geographies used in the analysis of the latest Eurostat figures by GMB.

West Wales and the Valleys has the lowest gross domestic product per inhabitant at 70% of the EU average or 63% of the UK average. Other sub regions in the bottom 12 are Cornwall and Isles of Scilly 72%,Tees Valley and Durham 77%,Lincolnshire 78%,Merseyside 81%,East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire, South Yorkshire and Shropshire and Staffordshire 81%, Lancashire 83%, Border, Midland and Western in Ireland 85% and Northern Ireland 86% of EU average. The latest available figures from Eurostat for all areas in UK and Ireland are set out in the table below.

NUTS geographies (Nomenclature of territorial units for statistics) is a geographical system which subdivides the territory of the European Union into regions. Its aim is to provide a single and coherent territorial breakdown for the compilation of EU regional statistics. See notes to editors for sources and definitions.

 

Regional gross domestic product - 2010

 

 

 

 

 

PPS per inhabitant

PPS per inhabitant in % of the EU27 average

PPS per inhabitant in % of the UK average

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK

27,500

113

100

 

EU 27

24,500

100

89

rank

 

 

 

 

1

West Wales and The Valleys

17,200

70

63

2

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly

17,600

72

64

3

Tees Valley and Durham

18,900

77

69

4

Lincolnshire

19,100

78

69

5

Merseyside

19,800

81

72

6

East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire

19,900

81

72

7

South Yorkshire

19,900

81

72

8

Shropshire and Staffordshire

19,900

81

72

9

Lancashire

20,400

83

74

10

Northern Ireland

21,000

86

76

11

Devon

21,400

87

78

12

Highlands and Islands

21,400

87

78

13

Northumberland and Tyne and Wear

21,500

88

78

14

Essex

21,800

89

79

15

Kent

22,000

90

80

16

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

22,500

92

82

17

Dorset and Somerset

22,500

92

82

18

North Yorkshire

22,800

93

83

19

Cumbria

23,000

94

84

20

Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire

23,000

94

84

21

West Yorkshire

23,300

95

85

22

West Midlands

23,300

95

85

23

Outer London

23,400

95

85

24

Greater Manchester

23,500

96

85

25

South Western Scotland

24,300

99

88

26

East Anglia

24,500

100

89

27

East Wales

24,600

100

89

28

Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire

25,400

104

92

29

Eastern Scotland

26,600

109

97

30

Hampshire and Isle of Wight

26,700

109

97

31

Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire

27,500

113

100

32

Surrey, East and West Sussex

27,900

114

101

33

Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Bristol/Bath area

28,200

115

103

34

Cheshire

28,800

118

105

35

Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire

34,900

143

127

36

North Eastern Scotland

39,500

162

144

37

Inner London

80,300

328

292

 

 

 

 

 

 

Republic of Ireland

31,300

128

114

 

Border, Midland and Western

20,700

85

75

 

Southern and Eastern

35,600

145

129

Paul Kenny, GMB General Secretary, said:

“These figures confirm the Mrs Thatcher's legacy to the old industrial heartlands is that they have fallen far behind the EU and UK average in terms of output and living standards.

The figures also show that for South East far from it all being an economic success story there are areas below the average. The figures are for 2010 but there has been little or no recovery since then. Few will realise that the economies of Cheshire or those areas off the M4 corridor are stronger than Essex or Kent.

What these figures demonstrate is that the old industrial heartlands and the rural areas are desperate for investment that will bring jobs and prosperity.

The whole range of active public policy instruments to deliver industrial development in these sub regions is an urgent necessity. Economic development has to be a major responsibility for national and local governments and the EU and there has to be co-operation between the public and the private sectors. Development requires the mixed economy in action”