Economic Information

The economic information work of the Unit is guided by the Cheshire and Warrington Economic Information Partnership (CWEIP), consisting of representatives from public agencies across Cheshire and the region. The work can be categorised into Unemployment, Employment, Economic Activity:

Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership

The Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is one of 39 such partnerships in England which have been approved by the Coalition Government since 2010. According to the Local Growth White Paper (November 2010), ‘LEPs will provide the clear vision and leadership to drive sustainable private sector-led growth and job creation.’ The Cheshire & Warrington LEP currently consists of a Board of 13 members - predominantly drawn from the private sector, together with representatives from the public sector and academia – and a small support team. The LEP works together with local authorities, businesses, further or higher education institutions, voluntary organisations and other economic development partners to help develop and communicate an economic growth strategy for Cheshire & Warrington, influence government and other decision-makers, and leverage in finance and resources.


Unemployment information is monitored on a monthly basis. Information is obtained at Unitary, former county, Travel to Work Area and former district level. At quarterly intervals data is obtained about unemployment by age, sex, duration and local area. This is analysed to produce trend and local area statistics.

The data is obtained from a variety of sources including NOMIS (National Online Manpower Information System) and JUVOS (Joint Unemployment and Vacancy Online System). Additional sources, such as the Labour Force Survey, are also used. An extensive database is held which enables comparisons to be made at regional, national and European Union level.   Monthly unemployment figures are released via @CECresearch on Twitter.


Employment trends in terms of numbers and types, together with location are analysed on an annual basis. Employment information is obtained from a variety of sources. The main source is the Annual Business Inquiry. Additional sources such as the Census of Agriculture are also used. Forecasts of employment by Industry and Occupation are also produced for internal purposes.                         

Economic Activity

Analysis of trends in economic activity are undertaken by using a variety of information, such as the Annual Business Inquiry and VAT registrations data. Additional work is undertaken in monitoring earnings, household incomes, prices and spending patterns.

Forecasts by the Government, independent bodies and specialists such as Cambridge Econometrics or the Institute of Employment Research are used to inform views about local economic prospects. Most of the sources of information are from Government statistics which are obtained for the smallest area which is available. Additional information is bought in from a range of sources.

The Unit's expertise is used to support many strategies and reviews, especially at regional level or for bidding for funds and to support a wide range of ad hoc requests.

Much of the output of the Unit is presented through Cheshire East's Current Facts and Figures, Information Points and Libraries.