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Economic statistics

  • Oxford is home to around 4,000 businesses providing 106,000 jobs. 
  • The city has a large number of people employed in universities and the public sector, but also has significant jobs in other sectors including publishing, tourism, hospitality and a growing hi-tech sector fuelled by the highly-qualified workforce.  
  • There is a high level of commuting in to the city.  In 2011 100,000 people had their main job in Oxford and 46,000 of them lived outside the city.
  • Oxford is the seventh most visited city in the UK by international visitors and is the tourism gateway to the rest of Oxfordshire.  We attract approximately 9.5 million visitors per year, generating £770 million of income for local Oxford businesses.
  • In common with the rest of the UK, there was a sharp increase in unemployment as a result of the 2008 recession.  The number of people claiming unemployment benefit (Jobseeker's Allowance or JSA) rose from 1,600 in October 2008 to a peak of nearly 3,000 in May 2009.  After four years in which the number of claims were elevated, there was a sharp fall during 2013.  The number (980 in October 2014) is now significantly below the pre-recession average.  
  • The rise in the number of young people claiming JSA was not as sharp as in other parts of the country.
  • The number of people unemployed is different to the number of people claiming JSA  - as some unemployed people choose not to claim or are not eligible to claim.  The most recent estimate of Oxford's unemployment rate is 5.4% for the period Apr 2013-Mar 2014; this is (statistically) significantly below the national average of 7.1%.



PDF icon Oxford Economic Narrative (July 2012) (566kB PDF)

PDF icon Oxfordshire's top 100 employers, Oxford Times (March 2013; 2.24MB PDF)

PDF icon A welcome fall in unemployment claims, but a long way to go (October 2012 chart; 145kB PDF)

PDF icon Medium-sized business most likely to be growing - (May 2012 chart; 41kB PDF)

PDF icon Oxford's importance goes beyond its size (February 2012 chart; 107kB PDF)

PDF icon Youth unemployment (October 2011 chart; 94kB PDF)

PDF icon Prospects for Oxford's economy in an era of public spending cuts (March 2011; 441kB PDF)



Jobseeker's Allowance claims in Oxford and selected cities, 2009 to 2013 (80kB XLS)

Latest unemployment estimate for Oxford (via Nomis; 10kB XLS)

Businesses in Oxford by employment size, 2012 (24 kB XLS)

Economic activity rates in Oxford, 2011 Census (42kB XLS)


Further links

Nomis publishes a profile of Oxford's labour market which contains the most comprehensive and up to date statistics.

Latest figures on Jobseeker's Allowance claimants (external link to Nomis website)

Latest figures on employment and unemployment (external link to Nomis website)

For more details of Oxfordshire's economic profile you can visit the Oxfordshire LEP website.

Information and research about tourism in the county on the Visit Oxfordshire website.

Most visited towns and cities in the UK, Visit Britain

The Oxfordshire Innovation Engine - Oct 2013 report commissioned by the University of Oxford


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