Quick facts 

  • The City of Oxford is home to around 4,950 businesses, collectively employing approximately 128,000 people.
  • 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.
  • Oxford is the tourism gateway to the rest of Oxfordshire. We attract approximately 7 million daytime 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 ninth most visited city for staying visits in 2021.
  • The number of Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) claimants plus those who claim Universal Credit (UC) who are out of work is currently 2,710 or 2.3% of workers as of March 2023. This compares to 2.6% of workers as of last March.
  • 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 2.6% for the period January 2022 to December 2022; this is below the national average of 3.6%.

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Further links

Contact the Social Statistics Service

Address: Town Hall
St Aldate's
Oxford
OX1 1BX

Telephone: 01865 252797