Strong national employment figures but regional recovery remains unbalanced
16 April 2014
Commenting on today's labour market statistics, Ian Brinkley, chief economist at The Work Foundation, said:
“Another good set of labour market figures moves us one step further towards the Chancellor’s ambition for a return to full employment. The remarkable growth in self-employment continues, especially for full time jobs. But the regional recovery remains unbalanced. London and the Greater South East continue to power ahead of the rest of the UK in terms of employment generation. Employment levels in the North East are lower today than they were at the end of the recession, measured by the workforce jobs indicator. Gaps in regional employment performance are also widening rather than narrowing.”
Notes to editors
- Ian Brinkley, chief economist and Geraint Johnes, director, are both available for interviews, briefings, analysis, and written comment.
- Workforce jobs measure includes employees, self-employed, government training schemes, HM Forces. Between December 2012 and December 2013 employment grew by 6.1 per cent in London, by 5.6 per cent in the Eastern region and by 4 per cent in the South East. In contrast, employment grew by 3.2 per cent in Scotland, 2.7 per cent in the South West, 2.4 per cent in the North West, 2.3 per cent in Northern Ireland, 1.8 per cent in the East Midlands, 1.5 per cent in the West Midlands, 0.6 per cent in Yorkshire and Humberside, 0.4 per cent in Wales. The UK national average increase was 3.1 per cent. Employment fell by 0.4 per cent in the North East. Nearly two thirds of the overall increase in UK employment was concentrated in London, the South East, and Eastern regions.
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