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Berkshire workers third most productive in the country for boosting the economy

Published: 13 May 2013 17:002 comments

BERKSHIRE workers are the third-most productive in the country for boosting the economy, new statistics have revealed.

The figures show that the county's workers contributed more to the national economy per hour worked than all other 134 statistical areas in the country apart from Inner London east and west.

The county was also third nationally for contribution per filled job.

Clair Prosser, policy executive at the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce, said: "Our members have the edge because they're thinking globally - it's a worldwide market place.

"It's reflected in the international businesses based along the economy, and their supply chains filter down to the small and medium-sized businesses in the area.

"This exemplifies the hard working and entrepreneurial spirit in the county."

In the latest analysis, for the year 2011, the figure for Berkshire's productivity per filled job fell for the fourth consecutive year.

The figure for productivity per hour worked rose for the second consecutive year, but was still less than it was in 2004.

Berkshire used to be second nationally for productivity per hour worked and per filled job, but was overtaken by Inner London east in 2008 and 2006 respectively.

The Office of National Statistics analysis was released last month.

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