Employment booming in ‘Leave England’

Employment booming in ‘Leave England’

The highest rates of employment growth are concentrated in the places that voted to leave the European Union, Localis said today (Wednesday) in response to labour market figures published in the Annual Population Survey.

  • Of the twenty local authority districts estimated to be recording fastest growth in employment rates between October 2016 and September 2017, eighteen voted by a majority to leave the EU. Two (Guildford and Lewisham) voted to remain.
  • The places with the ten fastest growing employment rates all voted by a majority to leave the EU.


Liam Booth-Smith, chief executive of Localis, said: “Government has made a priority of supporting stuck places and these figures show they are on track. As the country and individual places prepare their strategies to thrive in post-Brexit Britain, it is essential they focus on stimulating demand for jobs that are well-paid and secure.”


Notes to editor:

  1. Localis is an independent think tank dedicated to neo-localist ideas through research, events and commentary. Neo-localism is about giving places and people more control over the effects of globalisation.
  2. 76 percent of local authority districts voted by a majority to leave the EU.
  3. The breakdown of employment growth and leave vote for the top twenty areas is copied below.
Local authority Estimated increase in employment rate, October 2016- September 2017 Leave vote in EU referendum (%)
North Devon 16.3 57.0
Purbeck 12.6 59.1
Gravesham 11.9 65.4
Ashford 11.5 59.4
Melton 11.4 58.1
Hastings 11.3 54.9
Fenland 10.1 71.4
North Norfolk 9.7 58.91
Castle Point 8.5 72.7
Barrow-in-Furness 8.5 60.6
South Bucks 8.2 50.7
Guildford 8.2 43.8
Rotherham 7.8 67.9
Gedling 7.6 55.6
Adur 7 54.6
Havant 6.8 62.4
Ryedale 6.7 55.3
Preston 6.5 53.3
Lewisham 6.4 30.1
Dartford 6.3 64.2