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Creative industries worth £8m per hour to the UK economy

In 2012 the creative industries grew by almost 10 per cent, outstripping all other sectors.

In the same year the creative sector employed 1.68m people, 5.6 per cent of all UK jobs. Between 2011 and 2012 the number of people employed in this sector grew by 8.6 per cent, compared with 0.7 per cent in the economy as a whole. 

The secretary of state for culture, media and sport, Maria Miller, said: "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."

The value of creative sector exports increased by 16.1 per cent between 2009 and 2011, and was worth £15.5bn in 2011, 8 per cent of total service exports.  

Nicola Mendelsohn, chair of the Creative Industries Council, said: "These figures amply demonstrate the huge contribution our sector makes to the economy and it's vital that the right framework is in place to nurture and support the industry. 

"We are working with Government on developing a growth strategy for the sector which will identify how all involved can ensure the creative industries continue to go from strength to strength"