Employment deprivation is one of the domains that make up the Index of Multiple Deprivation 2015 (IMD 2015).
9% of the county’s working age population is living in employment deprivation – 9,500 people.
10 LSOAs in the county are among the 25% most deprived in England for employment, these areas are also the most income deprived1.
The ‘top three’ most deprived areas are in the south of Hereford city. 'Golden Post-Newton Farm’ in south Hereford is one of the 10% most employment deprived in England – affecting one in four working age residents.
There are 29 LSOAs that are among the 25% least deprived nationally, they have 3% or less of their working age population that are employment deprived. Just under three quarters of these LSOAs are in rural areas. Some are located in North Hereford, Ledbury, Leominster and Ross-on-Wye.
The Employment Deprivation Domain measures the proportion of the working-age population in an area that are involuntarily excluded from the labour market. This includes people who would like to work but are unable to do so due to unemployment, sickness or disability, or caring responsibilities.
Figure 1: Maps showing the areas of Herefordshire that are amongst the most deprived nationally according to the employment domain of the Indices of Deprivation 2015.
Source: Department of Communities and Local Government
1Lower Super Output Areas (LSOAs) are fixed statistical geographies of about 1,500 people designed by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). For more information please see the useful definitions page.