The WDC Policy Analysis team argues that a coherent policy approach at national, regional and local level to the ‘3Es’ of Education, Enterprise and Employment is fundamental to sustainable job creation.

Unemployment, labour market trends and job creation are among the most important issues for the Western Region. Long term unemployment, emigration, a mismatch between the supply and demand for skills and the urban focus of recent job growth are among the main challenges facing the region.

The WDC Policy Analysis team analyses the region’s labour market, including travel to work patterns and available labour supply, to identify and highlight its specific needs and resources. Based on this analysis the WDC makes policy recommendations in the areas of job creation and unemployment.

The WDC’s analysis of the region’s enterprise profile and trends provides an understanding of its economic structure and the basis of the regional economy. The region’s enterprise structure largely determines its private sector employment patterns.

See more on the WDC’s work in this area in our publications section here