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Area profile - users guide

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Our Research Unit's main role is the maintenance, analysis and interpretation of large datasets and information systems including official unemployment and employment statistics, data on benefits, the Census of Population and Scottish Government statistics datasets.

Many of these datasets are held on an information system with a wide range of small area information that can be compared with the overall council and Scottish situation and analysed over time. It can also be split up to produce information for specific research. Topics range from population, income and employment to housing, the environment and public safety.

This guide explains how to use the site to create pre-defined area profiles or generate your own area profile to explore a wide range of statistics about South Lanarkshire and its people.

In the main body of text or the right hand navigation select Area Profiles in the sub menu.

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Once in the Area profiles page select Area Profiling Tool button. This will open the interactive tool.

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The first step is to select map type (1.) This will allow you to change the geography that can be profiled. When opened a drop-down menu of geographies will be displayed (2) that you can select from. The lowest level that can be profiled is datazone level.

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Use zoom and navigation tools on the left to focus in on the area you require then select one or more areas (1.). You can also use Select your area from a list (2. and 3.) or the Area Search (4.) to select the areas needed or a combination of both. If you use the Area Search box click “Run Search” to finish. The list box will be filtered with your option and then select them from the list and they will shade blue on the map.

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When you have selected areas and they are highlighted, ‘Select Topic’ (1.) and from the dropdown list select your topic area (2.). Then to run the profile click the ‘Run Report’. (Please note that the report may take approx up to 1 minute to generate depending on your broadband speed).

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Your report will be generated into a pdf document which you can print or save.

screenshot of the area profile output report showing the front cover and sample content

You can now navigate back to the area profiling tool by use the back button on your browser. You can now generate further reports using the topics available from the dropdown list, your original selections will be retained.

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