The most recent employment rates in West Sussex are shown to continue the trend of county rates being higher than national and regional rates as shown in the chart above.
Compared to the 19 upper tier authorities in the South East Region, West Sussex has the 5th highest employment rate. When compared to the 15 Nearest Statistical Neighbours West Sussex has the 3rd highest employment rate at 80.2 the highest level being 80.7 and the lowest (Nottinghamshire) of 74.9. West Sussex lies in the top quartile. The ambition is to remain in the top quartile over 2018/19.
The range in the employment rate across the county is significant – the latest figures suggest that Crawley has the highest rate at 86.7 compared with Arun at 73.8 – the lowest level in West Sussex.