Mid Worcestershire
The Constituency

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Mid Worcestershire is a mixture of countryside and urban areas which stretches from the edge of Kidderminster through the two towns, Droitwich Spa and Evesham, to Broadway on the edge of the Cotswolds.

Droitwich and Evesham act as commuter towns for the West Midlands, although both, and especially Droitwich, have expanding light industry. The other major economic activities are farming and horticulture, together with associated food production, and tourism. Distribution is also a major local industry, with high levels of HGV movements, especially in the Vale of Evesham ...

Employment Patterns

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79.8% of the constituency are economically active and 8.6% of this total figure are self employed, which is slightly less than the national percentage. In total, 21.2% of employment in the constituency is in manufacturing, which is over double the national figure. At 6.9% construction is above average, indicating strong home-grown businesses and closeness to industry in the West Midlands. Employment in agriculture, hunting and forestry, is also over twice the national norm. Above average numbers in land-based occupations show the relative importance of agricultural labour, although much of this is temporary work (figures from September 2011).

In May 2012 unemployment in Mid Worcestershire stood at 3.1% and at 5.4% for the UK as a whole.  

Population

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Mid Worcestershire has a total population of 72,171. Within this, the constituency has a slightly older population than the national norm, with 20.2% of the population aged 65 and over.

The ethnic minority population is very small at 4.01%. The constituency has the 53rd highest percentage of couples in the country, a reflection of its settled, permanent population (these particular figures are from the 2001 census).

The constituency is the 141th least deprived in England using the Government’s 2010 Multiple Index of Deprivation. You can see how deprivation varies across the whole of Worcestershire on this map on the Worcestershire County Council website.   

Note that the boundaries of the constituency changed at the last election. Hanbury and the Lenches moved to the new Redditch county constituency, and Wick and Bricklehampton were added to it from the West Worcestershire constituency.