Employment & Health

Business and employment

Employment is a primary determinant of health, impacting both directly and indirectly on individuals, their families and communities. Unemployment is associated with an increased risk of mortality and morbidity, including cardiovascular disease, poor mental health, suicide and health-damaging behaviours.

In 2017/18, 68.1% of people aged 16-64 in Oldham were in employment which is significantly lower than both the North West and England averages.

PHE Employment, economic inactivity & unemployment Oldham June 2018

This PHE resource provides a range of data regarding employment in Oldham. This includes data on the gaps in employment rates between the general population and people with learning disabilities, long term conditions or mental ill health.

The ‘Wider Determinants’ section of the PHOF contains a range of data relating to employment allowing comparisons between Oldham and other similar local authority areas.