Corby leads the way in manufacturing

A worker at Tata Steel in Corby
A worker at Tata Steel in Corby

Corby has the highest proportion of workers involved in manufacturing in the country, according to new figures.

The figures, released by the Office of National Statistics today (Wednesday, June 5) and covering the year 2011, show that 24 per cent of people in Corby who work are employed in manufacturing.

The proportion of workers in England and Wales employed in agriculture and fishing has slumped to a record low of one per cent, down from 22 per cent in 1841. Over the same period, service sector employment has jumped from 33 per cent of employment to 81 per cent, while manufacturing has fallen from 36 per cent to just nine per cent.

The research, which confirms the huge switch to services jobs, also revealed that no part of the country had as much as a quarter of its workforce employed in manufacturing.

The industry with the highest proportion of women workers was public administration, education and health, at 70 per cent, while the one with the lowest proportion was construction, at just 12 per cent.