Employment in the the UK creative industries grew by 8.6% between 2011 and 2012, compared to the UK average of 0.7%, according to official statistics.
The Creative Industries, which range from advertising, design and crafts to TV, film, music and games, accounted for 1.68 million jobs in 2012, 5.6 per cent of the total number of jobs in the UK.
Employment in the Creative Industries increased by 8.6 per cent between 2011 and 2012 a much higher rate than for the UK Economy as a whole (0.7%).
The figures, which present a significant increase on previous data, were released by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Maria Miller commented:
“These incredible statistics are confirmation that the Creative Industries consistently punch well above their weight, outperforming all the other main industry sectors, and are a powerhouse within the UK economy.
“We are committed to ensuring that the energy, innovation, skills and talent existing in this dynamic sector continues to translate into economic success, and provide a remarkable platform from which, we can showcase Britain to the world.”
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