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Territorial Gross Domestic Product 2016 and 2017 Advance of Municipalities of More than 50,000 Inhabitants

La Ribera d’Ebre was the county which generated the most economic activity in 2016 in relation to its population, with a GDP per capita of 44,400 euros, 47.6% higher than the Catalan average (30,100 euros). We should also highlight El Barcelonès, El Tarragonès and Aran, which exceeded the Catalan average by more than 10%. In contrast, El Baix Penedès was the county with the lowest GDP per capita (17,700 euros), a figure lying more than 40% below the Catalan average. It was followed by El Montsià and El Garraf, both with 17,900 euros per inhabitant.

In 2016 the GDP per capita increased in 33 counties in comparison with the previous year. La Garrotxa was the county where the GDP per capita increased most (8%), followed by El Pla d’Urgell (7.2%), El Solsonès (7.0%) and La Segarra and El Berguedà (both 6.9%). The sharpest falls were recorded in La Ribera d’Ebre (-11.6%), La Terra Alta (-4.7%) and El Moianès (-3.9%).

In terms of activity sectors, industry was the chief economic activity in La Ribera d’Ebre (64.8%), La Segarra (55.7%), La Conca de Barberà (53.6%) and L’Alt Camp (50.9%). The service sector generated more than half the gross added value in 34 counties (including Aran) and services had the greatest influence in El Barcelonès (87.1%).

The counties where the agrarian sector had the greatest influence were Les Garrigues and La Noguera (22.6% and 20.4%, respectively). As for construction, this sector generated more than 10% of the economic activity in La Cerdanya, El Solsonès, El Baix Empordà and L’Alta Ribagorça.

With regard to municipalities with more than 5,000 inhabitants, Castellbisbal (86,700 euros per inhabitant) and Martorell (82,400 euros) recorded the highest levels of GDP per capita in Catalonia in 2016. At the other end of the scale, Santa Margarida de Montbui and Badia del Vallès recorded GDPs per capita standing at 9,000 and 6,700 euros respectively.

According to the 2017 advance, all the municipalities with more than 50,000 inhabitants recorded a positive evolution of the GDP per inhabitant in 2017 in comparison with the previous year, the most significant increases occurring in Rubí (5.3%) and Sant Cugat del Vallès (5.1%). Barcelona generated 72,354.5 million euros, accounting for 30.8% of the Catalan GDP in 2017. It was followed, with much lower influences, by L’Hospitalet de Llobregat (2.8%), Tarragona (2.4%) and Terrassa (2.1%).

Gross domestic product at market prices (GDP mp) measures the total economic activity of a territory's productive units. It is calculated based on market prices, as production value takes into account the incidence of grants and taxes.

From a supply standpoint, GDP makes it possible to assess the contributions made by different productive branches to the whole of the economy; that is to say, it encompasses the gross value added of the main activity branches, based on basic prices.

GDP estimates on county and the municipal levels in Catalonia are changing their accounting base, and now is based on base 2010 and the Input Output Methodological Framework for Catalonia 2011 and on the results of the Annual Economic Results in Catalonia.

This year the 2016 estimates are supplied and those for 2015 are revised to ensure consistency with the annual accounts for Catalonia (both years on a provisional basis). In addition, the GDP and the GDP per inhabitant for 2017 are published as advance for municipalities with more than 50,000 inhabitants.