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Caithness and Sutherland - economic profile

The Caithness and Sutherland area profile uses 2011 Census data and other available data sources to present an up-to-date analysis of its population and labour market.

Headline findings

The headline findings for Caithness and Sutherland are:

  • The total population was 39,732 in 2011, an increase of 3.3 per cent from 2001.
  • A lower employment base per 10,000 adults compared with the Highlands and Islands and Scotland, but evidence of a strong enterprise culture.
  • Compared with the Highlands and Islands and Scotland, a higher share of employment by industry in agriculture, forestry and fishing; mining, quarrying and utilities; and construction.
  • A higher share of employment by occupation in skilled trades compared to the Highlands and Islands and Scotland.
  • Unemployment rates lower than across Scotland as a whole but above the Highlands and Islands rate. The annualised Jobseekers Allowance claimant count rate in 2013 was 3.4 per cent in Caithness and Sutherland, 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) for the wider Highland Council area above the Scotland average but below the Highlands and Islands.
  • A larger proportion of the adult population with no formal qualifications compared to the Highlands and Islands and Scotland; and a smaller proportion with degree-level qualifications or above.

More detailed information can be found in our area profile for Caithness and Sutherland.

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