Together Lancashire Who we areIn Your AreaWhat we doBlogContact us About Lancashire The geographic county of Lancashire is the administrative County and the two unitary authorities of Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool. It covers some 3075 km sq and has a population of about 1.5 million. It was at the heart of the industrial revolution, but the decline of the major manufacturing industries has resulted in a diocese where highly skilled work is valued; e.g. in the aerospace industry, but where over 75% of the working population are employed in the service sector. Income generation is also poor. In general it is characterised as a low wage area. Only 5 of the 14 districts and unitaries are at or above the national average for income. When considering the multiple deprivation index (2015 base) 6 of the LA areas fall within the most deprived 50 LA’s and of the remaining 8 only 2 authorities are totally outside the 50% most deprived. Similar mixed messages are given when considering unemployment and other statistics. Blackpool at 7.8% (+/- 1.5%), Blackburn with Darwen at 7.3% (+/- 1.3%) and Burnley at 7.1% (+/- 2.0%) had high unemployment rates for the year ending June 2015. The ethnic diversity of the Diocese is similarly skewed, with East Lancashire featuring prominently when considering the percentage of people from different ethnic backgrounds.