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English and Welsh Economic Activity Datasets

This data was obtained from the Office of National Statistics 2011 English and Welsh census. The economic activity datasets provided by eSpatial can be used to examine and analyse the population of England and Wales in terms of its economic activity. These datasets can be used in conjunction with the eSpatial mapping software to create reports which investigate the employment status of the people within England and Wales at the English government office region geographical level and the English and Welsh county and unitary authority, local authority and ward geographical levels. You can also link and connect your own personal or commercial data to these datasets. The employment status of the English and Welsh population can also therefore be analysed in relation to your own data. Below is an example of a simple economic activity report. This report was designed by eSpatial to illustrate how to get the most out of the eSpatial mapping software and the data it provides.

A simple report was created using the eSpatial mapping software and the Economic Activity (County and Unitary Authority) dataset it provides. This report examines the levels and types of economic activity across England and Wales. The economic activity datasets provided by eSpatial offer a number of different economic activity categories which can be reported on but for the purpose of this report economically active, economically inactive, employed full-time and unemployed were chosen as an example.

County and unitary authorities are colored and categorized according to the number of economically active people within them. The graduated color scheme adopted by eSpatial mapping software allows for a quick and easy analysis of this data. It is evident from the map that yellow colored county and unitary authorities (e.g. Pembrokeshire) are the least economically active with less than 80,000 people economically active within them while red colored county and unitary authorities (e.g. Gloucestershire) are the most economically active with more than 195,000 people being economically active in these areas. It is also therefore easy to surmise that the number of economically active people in the light orange (e.g. West Berkshire), orange (e.g. Swindon) and dark orange (e.g. South Gloucestershire) colored county/unitary authorities lies somewhere between 80,000 and 195,000 people respectively.

Firstly the topic reflected in the map can be changed quickly and easily simply by selecting the map this field option. Once this option has been selected the map will change to reflect the values in this topic (e.g. select the map this field option on economically inactive to see these values mapped in relation to England and Wales). Secondly the report can be sorted in ascending or descending order. This is useful when trying to decipher quickly which areas have the highest/lowest values (e.g. select sort descending on Employed Full-time to see which county/unitary authority has the highest level of employment). Finally the report can also be filtered by specific values. This is useful when trying to quickly search for areas with specific values (e.g. select filter results on unemployed so that county and unitary authorities with between 20,000 and 30,000 unemployed people are only displayed on the map).

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