Ariège - Economy


The Ariege department is a largely unknown department which is situated next to the Aude in the most southern part of the Midi-Pyrenees region and shares its borders with the Aude, Andorra, Haute Garonne and the Pyrenees Orientales. This is predominantly a farming area as the soil is rich and fertile and yet more than 50% of the Ariège is mountainous, with 490 965 hectares being covered by forests.

Economic activity
Data Value Date
Businesses created 814 2005
Number of businesses 19 750 15 November 2006
Rate of business creation 10.4% (Ariège) 9.3% (Midi-Pyrénées) 9.3% (France) 2003
Unemployment rate 10.4% (Ariège) 9.1% (Midi-Pyrénées) 9% (France) September 2006
Value of Exports 450 M€ 2005
Value of Imports 368 M€ 2005
source : Ariège Expansion

The Ariège Chamber of Commerce and Industry is situated at Foix. The department’s Economic Development Agency (ARIEGE EXPANSION) is at Verniolle. The department has established three ‘business incubators’ to support enterprise in Ariège.

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