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Forest of Dean District Council
Council Offices
High Street
GL16 8HG

Tel: 01594 810000

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Key Facts


Overview of Forest of Dean Economy 

  • A largely rural district with no major urban centres. 
  • Good road communications, with the M4, M5 and M50 in close proximity. 
  • Population of 82,900 per ONS mid year population estimate 2010 and predicted to continue growing in the next decade.
  • Relatively more people are employed in the manufacturing sector compared with the national and South West averages.
  • Generally low unemployment though there are some areas of high unemployment and deprivation.
  • Low proportion of long-term unemployment.
  • Economically active population of 42,000 (81.7%) in 2010.
  • There is a significant outflow of commuters from the district, with daily net commuting journeys from the district currently at 10,000 approx.
  • Training and qualifications are generally higher than national averages.
  • Tourism is a significant sector of the economy, accounting for 7.5% of employment and generating £110 million in 2009.