2011 Census: Ethnicity - Economic Activity and General Health
A resident is considered economically active if employed, self-employed, unemployed but looking for work and able to start within two weeks, or a full-time student who also has a job. The figures referred to below are for those residents aged 16 and over.
Sandwell has a slightly lower rate of economic activity than England & Wales (60.8% of residents compared to 63.3%). 87.7% of Sandwell's economically active are in employment compared to 92.6% nationally, whilst 12.3% of Sandwell's economically active are unemployed, compared to 7.4% in England & Wales.
Residents were asked to assess their general state of health on a five point scale: very good, good, fair, bad or very bad. Over three-quarters of Sandwell residents (76.7%), described themselves as being in good or very good health, compared with 81.2% in England & Wales. A further 15.6% of Sandwell residents described their health as fair, and the remaining 7.7% described their health as bad or very bad.
Considering the different ethnic groups, White British residents are less likely to consider their health good or very good (73.3%). This compares with 89.9% from mixed/multiple ethnic groups and 84.4% of Bangladeshi residents. In contrast 8.9% of White British residents consider their health to be bad or very bad, compared to only 2.8% of those of mixed/multiple origin. Looking at the wards: