The economy of Dorset in South West England was worth £16.189 billion to the UK economy in 2013.
Historically, agriculture has dominated the Dorset economy, but over time it has decreased in importance.
The COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom has damaged the economy heavily.
Barclays Bank has a regional headquarters in Poole Town Centre. Merlin Entertainments is also based in Poole.
In 2015, Dorset County Council reported that the environmental economy was worth between £0.9 billion and £2.5 billion per annum; and supports between 17,000 and 61,000 jobs.
Factories in Dorset include those at Ryvita and Sunseeker.
The maritime transport industry of Dorset is based at the Port of Poole in Poole and the Portland Harbour at the Isle of Portland.
Dorset is home to newspapers; Dorset Echo and the Bournemouth Daily Echo.
Dorset is the headquarters for a number of retail companies. The cosmetics company Lush was founded and is headquartered in Poole.
Hobbycraft has headquarters in Christchurch and New Look has corporate headquarters in Weymouth.
Dolphin Shopping Centre in Poole is the largest indoor shopping centre in Dorset.
The Dorset Green Technology Park employs many people.
Tourism in Dorset is valued at £1bn a year 40,000 people are employed in the industry.