High Wycombe is known as a manufacturing and market town. Historically it's been best known for furniture making, particularly chairs, but that industry is no longer a major employer.
Recession has brought an increase in unemployment, but the rate is still only half the national figure. In general, school leavers in Wycombe have qualifications well above the national average.
Buckinghamshire is one of the UK's most affluent counties and salaries here reflect that. High Wycombe is generally well-off, although there are pockets of deprivation.
Many manufacturing jobs have been replaced by business services which employ around 16,000 staff in the town.
High Wycombe's geographical position, 30 miles from central London, has made it attractive to large companies. Hyundai has its UK headquarters in the town, as does the office-supplies company Staples.
The Thames Valley has the South East's biggest concentration of jobs in the information and knowledge economy, and in High Wycombe a third of all workers are in the sector.
Adverts by recruitment agencies reflect the diversity of employment opportunities here, employers range from the furniture business Dreams beds, through electronics with the likes of Oxford Instruments, to food and drink with the 3663 headquarters and Premier Foods' analysis laboratories.