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In 2010 thirteen of the twenty Basque regions showed a positive evolution in added value

There were downturns, however, in employed personnel in sixteen regions

The evolution of added value in industry was positive for thirteen of the twenty regions in the Basque Country, whilst the remaining seven showed a negative evolution compared to 2009, according to Eustat data.

The evolution of added value by provinces was reflected in an average growth of 4.6% for Álava, which saw positive growth for all of its regions apart from la Rioja Alavesa, where it was down 4.2%, and for la Cantábrica Alavesa, which fell by 3.5%. The most significant growth was in la Montaña Alavesa (15.5%) but its industrial importance is very limited. Due to its relative importance mention should be made of the 7.9% growth experienced by la Llanada Alavesa.

In the province of Bizkaia, which saw average growth of 5.8%, there was a greater heterogeneity in the evolutions due to three of the seven regions showing negative growth rates. They were Arratia-Nervión (-4,7%), Encartaciones (-9,1%) and Plentzia-Mungia (-1,1%). It should be pointed out that the two regions with greatest industrial weight, Gran Bilbao and Duranguesado, obtained above-average growth, 6.3% and 9.4%, respectively. The greatest added value growth was produced in the region of Markina-Ondarroa, with a rate of 15.0%.

In Gipuzkoa the average rise stood at 3.1%, with four regions exceeding this rate: Alto Deba, with growth of 8.8%, Urola Costa with 4.3%, Donostia-San Sebastián with 4.1% and Bajo Deba with 4.0%. Two regions suffered falls in their level of added value: Bajo Bidasoa, which fell by 1.0% and, above all, the region of Tolosa, which fell by 5.2%.

Employed personnel had a less favourable evolution, falling on average 3.1% in the Autonomous Community, similar to the provincial performance, with a sharper drop in Gipuzkoa (-3.2%) and identical drops for Álava and Bizkaia (-3.0%).

In Álava there was employment growth in two regions, the greatest in los Valles Alaveses, which stood at 17.7%, followed by la Cantábrica Alavesa, with growth of 1.7%. Attention should be drawn, for its relative importance, to the fall in employment in la Llanada Alavesa (-5.5%) as well as in la Rioja Alavesa and las Estribaciones del Gorbea, with both dropping by 3.3%.

In Bizkaia only two regions maintained positive rates of variation for industrial employment, the region of Markina-Ondarroa, with growth of 5.2%, and the region of Gernika-Bermeo, with growth of 0.2%. On the other hand the greatest drop in industrial employment was in las Encartaciones, where it was down 8.6%, although its importance within the industrial framework of Bizkaia is small. El Duranguesado was down 4.1% and Gran Bilbao was down by 3.3%, both being the main industrial regions of Bizkaia.

People in employment and Value added at factor cost of manufacturing and extraction industry by districts. 2010.  Thousands of euros

In Gipuzkoa all regions suffered a drop in employment. It is significant that the three main industrial regions of Gipuzkoa, Donostia-San Sebastián, Alto Deba and Goierri suffered drops in employment, 2.9% in the first two cases and 2.6% in the third. The region that lost most employment was el Bajo Deba (-5.1%), followed by el Bajo Bidasoa (-4.2%), although its industrial weight is more limited.

The evolution of net industrial sales was positive in all regions with the exception of Arratia-Nervión and las Encartaciones in Bizkaia, although the intensity of this growth was uneven in each province.

In 2010 rates for investment in industry were negative in the majority of regions, although not as emphasised as in 2009, with exceptions that are worth bringing attention to. The average drop in Álava was 28.7%, with generalised falls, and la Rioja Alavesa was the only region where the investment rate rose (2.2%). In Bizkaia the average drop was 1.5%. It should be pointed out that 90% of industrial investment in Bizkaia was concentrated in two regions, Gran Bilbao, which was up by 4.8%, and Duranguesado, down by 0.8%. Industrial investment in Gipuzkoa was much more territorially distributed, with the region that invested the most being Donostia-San Sebastián, which grew by 25.1%, whereas in the second most important region, el Goierri, investment was down 24.5%. The third and fourth regions in terms of the level of investment were el Alto Deba and Urola Costa, with drops of 27.0% and 23.7%, respectively.

Distribution of added value at factor cost of the extraction and manufacturing industries by regions. 2010. Thousands of euros.

Distribution of added value at factor cost of the extraction and manufacturing industries by regions. 2010. Thousands of euros

Source: EUSTAT. Industrial Statistics of the Basque Country

Methodological note:

The sectorisation used is the National Classification of Economic Activities (CNAE-2009), with the B (extraction industries) and C (manufacturing industries) being the only sections included in this disaggregation by regions.

For further information:

Basque Statistics Office C/ Donostia-San Sebastián, 1 01010 Vitoria-Gasteiz Tel: +34-945-01 75 00 Fax:+34-945-01 75 01 E-mail: eustat@eustat.eus Contact: Iosune Azula Lazkano Tel:+34-945-01 75 09 Fax:+34-945-01 75 01 Further press releases on Industrial Statistics of the Basque Country Industrial Statistics of he Basque Country databank

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