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Employment deprivation

Employment deprivation is one of the domains that make up the Index of Multiple Deprivation 2015 (IMD 2015). For more information and data on the IMD 2015 and the other domains that make up the index please see the main IMD 2015 page.

Key points

Nine per cent of the county’s working age population is living in employment deprivation – 9,500 people.

10 LSOAs1 in the county are amongst the 25 per cent most deprived in England for employment, these areas are also the most income deprived.

The ‘top three’ most deprived areas are in the south of Hereford city. 'Golden Post-Newton Farm’ in south Hereford is one of the 10 per cent most employment deprived in England – affecting one in four working age residents.

There are 29 LSOAs1 that are amongst the 25 per cent least deprived nationally, they have three per cent or less of their working age population that are employment deprived. Just under three quarters of these LSOAs1 are in rural areas. Some are located in North Hereford, Ledbury, Leominster and Ross-on-Wye.

The Employment Deprivation Domain measures the proportion of the working-age population in an area that are involuntarily excluded from the labour market. This includes people who would like to work but are unable to do so due to unemployment, sickness or disability, or caring responsibilities.

Maps showing the areas of Herefordshire that are amongst the most deprived nationally according to the employment domain of the Indices of Deprivation 2015Id2015 Employment Maps
Source: Department of Communities and Local Government 


1. Lower Super Output Areas (LSOAs) are fixed statistical geographies of about 1,500 people designed by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). For more information please see the useful definitions page.


Last updated: 18 July 2012

Last updated: Monday, August 07, 2017