Growth in wealth (as measured by Gross Value Added per capita); growth in levels of business start ups; declining levels of worklessness and continuing growth in the working-age population.
One of the most promising trends locally over the past five years has been the improvement in qualification attainment and the gradual closing of the gap in basic and high-level qualifications. GCSE attainment rates in the City Region now match those of England as a whole.
- In 2009, there were 32 businesses per 1,000 people within Liverpool City Region - this compares to 42 per 1,000 in the UK.
- Liverpool City Region GVA per capita has increased by 50% in decade to 2008
- In 2008 GVA per head was £14,698, a 3.3% increase on 2007
- The number of Liverpool City Region jobs grew by 50,600 in decade from 1999
- Liverpool City Region Business Base Growth (+ 6.2%) is higher than national average (5.3%) since 2006
- Consistent rise in Liverpool City Region Skill Levels at rate above national average
- GCSE attainment levels on course to exceed national average
- The size of the Liverpool City Region economy is £19.8bn (latest data, 2008).
The population of the City Region currently stands at 1,469,300, of which 952,800 are aged between 16 and 64. One notable feature of the composition of the City Region population is that the proportion of the population aged 15-24 is significantly above that in the UK as a whole.
Skill levels have been consistently improving across Liverpool City Region, and at a rate greater than the national average and the region is home to almost 54,000 students every year.