In 2020, 78% of Buckinghamshire’s working age population were in employment (including those on furlough) compared to 75% nationally. Buckinghamshire’s unemployment rate (which is difficult to measure using national data sources due to small sample sizes) was lower than the national average. Buckinghamshire has a similar economic inactivity rate to the national average, but a higher proportion of this group are retired (before reaching the age of 65) and a higher proportion are not seeking work.
Buckinghamshire has one of least ‘self-contained’ labour markets in England. Pre-Covid-19, around a third of working residents travelled out of the county for work whilst 28% of all those working within the Buckinghamshire economy travelled into the county from elsewhere. In total, pre-Covid, 34,000 Buckinghamshire residents usually worked in London.
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