Strong performance by creative industries produces record show for economy

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has published a report which reveals the creative industries' contribution to the UK economy in 2013 increased almost 10% annually to a record £76.9bn, and they provided 1.71m jobs, or 5.6% of the UK total - a 1.4% increase on 2012. Jobs in the sector increased by 3.9% each year between 1997 and 2013, compared with 0.6% a year in the economy as a whole. However, employment growth has been uneven, with large gains experienced in IT, software and computing, as well as design, followed by strong but less spectacular rises in music and the performing arts, plus film, television, radio and photography. The publishing industry lost jobs over the same period, down 4.9%, a trend also felt in museums, galleries and libraries, where employment fell by nearly 6%. The study also showed that the creative industries are growing three times faster than the economy in total, with gross added value increasing by 9.9% between 2012 and 2013 - representing 5% of the country's overall GVA.


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