Essex is the home county which stretches from south west London to the remote coastline to the north, with the towns such as Chelmsford, Harlow and Southend-on-Sea providing work for its residents, as well as the easily commutable capital.
One of the largest employers in the region is the British Army, which has one of its major UK bases in Colchester. Recruitment agencies feature many public sector jobs, which account for the large portions of the county's employment quota. The University of Essex, along with the NHS provide many jobs, as does a developing IT sector and growing tourism.
The area's close proximity to the capital means is has profited from the rise in financial and banking industries thanks to relocation of some firms to less expensive premises. London Southend Airport has boosted the economy after its expansion and there are plans to build a medical school within Southend's university campus. Stansted is another major airport in the district which employs more than 10,000 staff.
The county's employment rate is above the national average at 80.3%, it has more professional workers and only the lowest skilled workers coming in at below the national trend. The average weekly wage is £503.60.