Economic Statistics

Quick facts 

  • Oxford is home to around 5,300 businesses providing 133,000 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. For additional details, please visit our labour market and major employers pages.
  • There is a high level of commuting in to the city. According to the 2011 Census 100,000 people had their main job in Oxford – 46,000 of them lived outside the city.
  • Oxford is the tourism gateway to the rest of Oxfordshire. We attract approximately 7 million day time and staying visitors per year, generating £780 million of income for local Oxford businesses. In terms of overseas visitors to the UK, Oxford is the seventh most visited city for staying visits.
  • The number of Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) claimants plus those who claim Universal Credit (UC) who are out of work is currently 1,055, or 0.9% of workers, as of June 2017.
  • The number of people unemployed is different to the number of people claiming JSA or UC - as some unemployed people choose not to claim or are not eligible to claim. The most recent estimate of Oxford's unemployment rate is 3.6% for the period to July 2017; this is below the national average of 4.5%.

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