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Guildford employment rate 'lower than UK average'

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Guildford employment rate 'lower than UK average'

Published at 3:48pm 3rd August 2017.

Guildford has a lower employment rate than the average for the United Kingdom.

According to figures released by the GMB Union, the Surrey borough is below the UK average of 74 per cent.

It says the figures show some areas need their economy to be 'thoroughly regenerated'.

Guildford's employment rate sits at 72 per cent, placing it 56th in a league table of areas in the south east.

Elmbridge sits even lower, with an employment rate of 70 per cent.

Paul Maloney, GMB Southern regional secretary, said: "This regeneration should be part of a much needed wider regeneration in the regions of the UK.

"This will not happen by accident and requires a partnership between local and national government and between public and private sectors.

"This should be part of a new regional policy that should be given priority in the post Brexit economy."

But it is not all bad news for our area.

In Hart, 87.1% of the population aged 16-64 are in employment. This is the highest in the region.

Woking is third highest in the table, with 85.5 per cent in employment.

Waverley (83.5 per cent), Epsom and Ewell (83.2 per cent), Runnymede (83.2 per cent), Mole Valley (81.8 per cent), Rushmoor (81.7 per cent), Spelthorne (81.5 per cent), Reigate and Banstead (81.4 per cent), East Hampshire (79.3 per cent) and Surrey Heath (77 per cent) are all above the national and regional average.

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