The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Harlow was worth an estimated £2.6 billion in 2019, according to figures published by the ONS. Harlow's GDP growth between 2018 and 2019 was -1.0% per year. Compare GDP by area.
The Health industry is the largest in Harlow based on the number of jobs, accounting for 17.1% of roles in the area.
2019 ONS figures suggest that there are 45,000 jobs in Harlow, which has a working-age (aged 16-65) population of 53,914. The 2019 job density in Harlow is 0.83, meaning there are 0.83 jobs per member of the Harlow working-age population.
Harlow had a mean average salary for full-time employees of £33,041 in 2021. Harlow's unemployment rate is 5.6% as of 2021. Compare unemployment rate by area.
The 2019 labour force or working-age population in Harlow is 53,914 or 61.8% of the total population.
In 2021, 94.4% of the labour market was recorded as employed, below the 94.8% average rate for England. Of those employed, 14.8% are self-employed, and 85.2% are employees.
The Annual Population Survey for 2020 published by the ONS reports the percentage of the Harlow working-age (aged 16-64) population who have a degree or higher is 29.6%, which is below the 42.8% degree qualification rate for England.
Over 44% of the Harlow working-age population have at least 2 A-levels (or equivalent), and 4% have no qualifications.
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The average salary in Harlow as of 2021 is £33,041. Between 2020 and 2021, average salaries fell by £749. Compare average salaries by area.
Harlow's salary growth rate is -2.22% per year based on changes in average salary between 2020 and 2021, which is 2.22% lower than the average salary growth rate in Harlow over the past 8 years.
Business data published by the ONS in 2020 show the most common job group in Harlow is Elementary Administration & Service Occs, accounting for 17% of all roles in the area. In England as a whole, the largest job group is Business & Public Service Assoc. Professionals.
The fastest-growing type of job in Harlow is Business & Public Service Assoc. Professionals, with roles increasing 76% between July 2020 and July 2021. In England, the fastest-growing type of role is Corporate Managers And Directors.
|Elementary Administration & Service Occs||5,400||16.8%||-8.5%|
|Caring Personal Service Occupations||5,200||16.2%||13.0%|
|Elementary Trades And Related Occupations||3,700||11.5%|
|Business & Public Service Assoc. Professionals||3,000||9.3%||76.5%|
There was a 0% decrease in roles between 2019 and 2020. In England as a whole, there was a 2% decrease.
Based on the total number of jobs, the largest industry in Harlow is Health. Other major industries include Retail, Business Administration & Support, which represents over 10% of roles in Harlow.
Financial & Insurance companies make up 1% of the Harlow economy that's lower than the average for England as a whole (~3%).
2% of the total jobs in Harlow are in Information and Communication, one of the key sectors for the future, below the 5% of jobs in England as a whole.
|Business Administration & Support||5,000||12.2%|
The fastest-growing industry in Harlow is Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing, with jobs in the sector increasing 50% between 2019 and 2020 from 100 to 150. In England more broadly the fastest-growing industry is Healthcare.
The industry with the biggest decline in Harlow between 2019 and 2020 was Manufacturing, which saw an 25% decrease in roles, going from 4,000 to 3,000. In England more broadly the industry with the biggest year on year decline was Arts, entertainment & recreation, with roles decreasing by 8%.
The Information and communication industry includes many of the top companies of the future. In Harlow, the number of roles in this sector has risen by 11% over the past year, above the 1% annual increase seen in England.
2021 UK Business Count data published by the ONS show there are 15 large businesses in Harlow, making up 0.5% of total businesses - in England, 0.4% of businesses are large. A large business is defined as having over 250 employees.
There are 55 medium-sized businesses based in Harlow, making up 1.7% of total businesses - in England, 1.5% of businesses are medium-sized. A medium-sized business is defined as having between 50 and 249 employees.
There are 295 small businesses based in Harlow, making up 9.1% of total businesses - in England, 8.3% of businesses are small. A small business is defined as having between 10 and 49 employees.
Harlow's unemployment rate is 5.6% that's 0% higher than the average unemployment rate for England as a whole. Unemployment rates are the number of unemployed people as a percentage of the working-age population.
The main group within the unemployment population is Long-term Sick, representing 54.1% of the unemployed population.
Secondary classifications include groups: student, looking after family, all of which represent over 10% of the unemployed population.
In England as a whole, students are the main group within the unemployed population, accounting for 28.9% of the unemployed population.
Source: Office for National Statistics licensed under the Open Government Licence v.3.0. Contains OS data © Crown copyright and database right 2021. Data sources: ONS Local statistics