Official Statistics

Rural economic activity statistics

Employment status and working patterns of people living in urban and rural areas.


Rural economic activity


Economic activity indicators showing the employment status and working patterns of people living in urban and rural areas.



  • working age people in employment
  • working age people who are unemployed
  • working age people who are economically inactive

Data source: Office for National Statistics (ONS) Annual Business Inquiry (ABI)

Coverage: England

Rural classification used: Office for National Statistics Rural Urban Classification

Next release date: tbc

Additional information:

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Published 31 January 2013
Last updated 29 November 2017 + show all updates
  1. Published today, latest rural employment figures.
  2. Now includes 2015 rural economic activity estimates.
  3. We’ve changed how we’ve organised rural statistics and updated the content following Lord Cameron’s review of rural proofing.
  4. Rural economic activity for 2013 published today.
  5. Latest economic activity trends for rural settlements published.
  6. First published.