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Lochaber, Skye and Wester Ross - economic profile

The Lochaber, Skye and Wester Ross 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 Lochaber, Skye and Wester Ross are:

  • Total population was 39,107 in 2011, an increase of 5.8 per cent from 2001.
  • A marginally 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, transport and storage, and accommodation and food services.
  • Compared with the Highlands and Islands and Scotland, a higher share of employment by occupation in manager, director and senior official, and skilled trades occupations.
  • Unemployment rates lower than across Scotland as a whole and in line with the Highlands and Islands rate. The annualised Jobseekers Allowance claimant count rate in 2013 was 2.5 per cent in Lochaber, Skye and Wester Ross, 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 degree-level qualifications or above compared to the Highlands and Islands and Scotland.

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