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Argyll and the Islands - economic profile

The Argyll and the Islands economic area profile is based on 2011 census data and other available data sources available to HIE to present an up-to-date analysis of its population and labour market.

Headline findings

The headline findings for Argyll and the Islands area:

  • Total population was 68,485 in 2011, a decrease of 2.1 per cent from 2001.
  • An employment base per 10,000 adults that was below the Highlands and Islands and Scotland levels, but more businesses and business starts per 10,000 adults than Scotland.
  • Compared with the Highlands and Islands and Scotland, the area has a higher share of employment by industry in agriculture, forestry and fishing, transport and storage, and accommodation and food services.
  • Compared with the Highlands and Islands and Scotland, the area has a higher share of employment by occupation in managers, directors and senior officials and, to a lesser extent, skilled trades and elementary occupations.
  • Unemployment rates were lower than across Scotland as a whole but above the Highlands and Islands rate. The annualised Jobseekers Allowance claimant count rate in 2013 was 3.2 per cent in Argyll and the Islands, 2.4 per cent in Highlands and Islands and 3.7 per cent across Scotland.
  • School attainment and school leaver positive destinations rates (i.e. not into unemployment) above the Scotland average.
  • The area has a larger proportion of the adult population with degree-level qualifications or above compared to the Highlands and Islands and Scotland; but also a marginally larger proportion with no formal qualifications.

More detailed information can be found in our Argyll and the Islands area profile:

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