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Jobs in film, television, music and software have grown by 8.6% in recent years and bucked the trend for minimal expansion, new figures have shown.

Expansion in the creative industries outstripped the UK economy as a whole in 2011-12, where the figure was 0.7%.

It is the UK’s fastest-growing sector, worth £71.4bn a year and making up 5.6% of the workforce, the Department for Media, Culture and Sport said.

The sector is an “economic powerhouse”, said Culture Secretary Maria Miller.

She added that the creative industries “consistently punch well above their weight” in outperforming larger and more prominent areas, such as financial services.

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The UK’s prodigious film, television and music industries are a key part of the figures for both employment and overall value to the economy.

Other contributors that are included in the figures include museums and art galleries, architecture and photography.

Institutions including the British Museum and Tate Modern – a major London tourist attraction – have helped bring in revenue to the sector, while the UK’s exports of shows including Downton Abbey have contributed to the buoyant returns.

The British Museum recently reported its most successful year in terms of visitors.

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