Derbyshire is a county that lies in the East Midlands region. It contains thirty different towns, including Ripley, Ashbourne, Chesterfield, Buxton, and Matlock. 75% of the region is rural, and so only 25% of the county is populated. Around 764,000 people live here according to 2010 population estimates.
The largest employment sectors in Derbyshire are manufacturing (53,800 staff), health (38.000), education (32,000) and retail (26,600), alongside medium-sized sectors such as construction, wholesale, transport and storage, business administration and support services, public administration and defence, and accommodation and food services.
Major employers in the area include Rolls Royce (a global, leading aerospace company), Thorntons (chocolate manufacturers), Toyota (whose car manufacturing plant at Burnaston is one of the biggest in the UK), and Buxton Water.
29.6% of the county's inhabitants are educated to NVQ Level 4 and above. The average weekly wage is around £400. Around 30% of the workforce here hold managerial, technical, or professional positions, while 10% are employed in administrative and secretarial occupations; 12% work in skilled trades, and 7.3% work in sales and customer service roles.
As of January 2013, the unemployment rate was reported to be 3.1%, which is lower than the England average of 3.8%. As the UK takes steps to overcome the current recession, recruitment agencies anticipate that the county's private sector will bring additional jobs to the region.