1. 11,000 Employment in Dorset is expected to grow by 11,000 jobs by 2029, but they will mostly be part-time.
  2. 8% (or over 12,000) of over 65s in Dorset were still working in 2021 compared to 4% in England, suggesting people are retiring later in Dorset.
  3. 537 older people out of 1,000 of the working-age population in Dorset compared to 297 per 1,000 in England.
  4. 15% (or 51,000) of all employment in Dorset is in healthcare. It will grow by 7,000 by 2027 due to the ageing population.
  5. 24% increase in creative businesses between 2017-20, compared to 10% for all other sectors.
  6. 17.7% of Dorset pupils in 2020 had a statutory SEN plan or were receiving SEN support, higher than the England average of 15.6%.
  7. 99% of early years provision in Dorset is rated Good or above.
  8.  33.3% of Dorset’s children in care are from Weymouth and Portland, and 1/3 have been placed in more than one placement.
  9. 41% of all children in care were placed outside of the Dorset area as of the end of November 2020.
  10. 12 per cent of people in the BCP area feel isolated but this % is significantly higher for those who are carers, unemployed, black, Asian or minority ethnic or with long-term health conditions
  11. 100,000+ people live alone in Dorset, and more than half of those are 65+
  12. 83,000+ unpaid carers live in Dorset. More than 8 in 10 describe themselves as “lonely or socially isolated”
  13. 67 per cent of people with disabilities feel lonely
  14. 10,000+ people in Dorset are living with dementia, the estimated dementia diagnosis rate (56.8 per cent) is worse than that of England
  15. 53.4 per 100k of the population are killed or seriously injured on roads in the Dorset Council area. In BCP the rate is 26.4 and the national average is 42.6
  16. 635 per 100k of BCP’s population went into hospital for alcohol specific conditions in 2019/21 while in the Dorset Council area it was 435. The England average is 557
  17. 59.8 per 100k of BCP’s population of young people went into hospital for alcohol specific conditions in 2019/21  while in the Dorset Council area it was 46.6. The England average is 30.7
  18. 12.8% of adults in Dorset suffered anxiety and depression pre-Covid
  19. 40 per cent of Dorset’s population will be over 65 by 2045. Dorset has the lowest proportion of under 50s in the UK
  20. 65+ population in Dorset is projected to rise by 22 per cent by 2029
  21. 10,000+ people in Dorset are living with Dementia
  22. 66% of adults in Dorset are classified as overweight or obese, slightly worse than the national average of 64.2%
  23. 297.1 per 100k of Dorset’s population go to hospital as a result of self harm compared to a national average of 192.6
  24. 351,700 people in Dorset can’t afford to buy enough food to meet government guidelines for a healthy diet
  25. 165,100 households with children can’t afford a healthy diet
  26. 1.5% of Dorset’s population use foodbanks regularly
  27. 1,349 households used Poole Foodbank in 2022 compared 653 in 2016
  28. 7,307 children live in low-income families 12.3% of all young people in Dorset. The highest proportion is in Bournemouth, Weymouth and Portland
  29. 1st for crime rate and anti-social behaviour in Dorset is Weymouth and Portland, the third worst area in the UK for social mobility
  30. 60 crimes were committed per 1k people in Dorset in 2022. The most common crimes were violence and sexual offences, with 26 victims from every 1k residents
  31. 55.5 black people per 1k were involved in stop and searches compared to 2.8 white people – nearly 20 times higher and the largest difference in England and Wales
  32. 250% increase in renewable energy generation between 2014 and 2020 in Dorset. The county is in the top 15 per cent of 400+ areas in the UK for renewable electricity generation
  33. 8-10% of Dorset’s overall economy comes from environmental commerce, which supports between 17,000 and 61,000 jobs a year
  34. 97% of residents would recommend Dorset as a place to visit and 96% as a place to live
  35. 14th most populated district in England is Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
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