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Aberdeenshire's economy

Aberdeenshire 2021 Economic Bulletin (PDF 1.2MB) provides a snap shot of Aberdeenshire’s economy with information on employment, employment sectors, annual pay, oil and gas industry, airport passengers and the coronavirus job retention scheme.

Aberdeenshire’s Economy Quarterly Bulletin (PDF 383KB) gives the latest figures and infographics on unemployment, house building, house prices, national insurance registrations, pensions, oil prices, hotel occupancy and airport passenger numbers.

Aberdeenshire Unemployment Figures July 2020 (PDF 168KB) provides an update showing the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the local labour market.

North East Scotland Monthly Unemployment Figures (PDF 210KB) provides the latest unemployment rates for Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and travel to work areas based on Universal Credit and Job Seekers Allowance claimant counts.


The Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) is the Scottish Government’s official tool for identifying small areas of deprivation across Scotland. It measures deprivation for data zones in 7 different categories:

  • Income
  • Employment
  • Health
  • Education
  • Housing
  • Geographic access to services
  • Crime

These are then combined to give each data zone an overall SIMD score and ranked to allow for comparison across different parts of Scotland. 

The 2020 SIMD was released on 28th January 2020 and a revised version (SIMD 2020 V2) was subsequently issued in April 2020. A summary of the results for Aberdeenshire are available in the Aberdeenshire SIMD 2020 V2 Briefing Note (PDF 143KB) and Aberdeenshire SIMD 2020 V2 Ranking (XLSX 3.1MB). Guidance on how to use the SIMD is provided in our SIMD V2 Toolkit (PDF 1.35MB). View interactive mapping of the SIMD 2020 for the whole of Scotland.

The 2016 SIMD reports provide detailed figures, maps and analysis to show how Aberdeenshire and areas within Aberdeenshire compare with other parts of Scotland:

The Scottish Government publishes their own SIMD for each council area.

View 2012 SIMD results for Aberdeenshire (PDF 64KB).

Employment land and industrial estates

The Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Employment Land Audit 2020/21 (PDF 1.8MB) provides information on the supply and availability of land for industry, employment and business uses in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. It gives details of how much of the land in each local authority area is marketable, immediately available, under construction or constrained and shows the annual take up of land which has been built. 


Household Income Bulletin 2022 (PDF 430KB) gives average and lower quartile household income for towns and villages in Aberdeenshire and looks at change over the last five years.

Services and facilities

Aberdeenshire services 2015 (PDF 87.3KB) gives the number and location of primary schools, secondary schools, special needs schools, libraries, doctors surgeries, public swimming pools in Aberdeenshire and its administrative areas. 

View more information on schools including school roll forecasts and school catchment areas. You can also find information on services and facilities in your local area using our interactive map.

The Rural Facilities Monitor 2016 (PDF 6.12MB) tracks changes in the provision of facilities and services in rural areas of Aberdeenshire.  It monitors the number of shops, post offices, petrol stations, primary schools, secondary schools, GP surgeries, banks, chemists, police stations, fire stations, libraries, MOT garages, community halls, churches and hotels and pubs in Aberdeenshire’s smaller towns and villages.