Hull lags behind in north-south divide stats


Published: Monday 19th January 2015 by The News Editor

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Hull is among the urban areas bearing the brunt of a widening north-south economic divide, according to new research.

The Centre for Cities study found that since 2004, for every 12 jobs created in the south of England, just one was created elsewhere.

Hull performed badly once more, suffering a 7.9% fall in job numbers in this timespan, placing it 59th out of the 63 cities assessed by the independent research group.

The report’s authors attributed this to the city’s dependence on the manufacturing industry, as posts in this sector are among the first to go during times of economic hardship.

Several of Hull’s biggest employers either had to shed jobs or went bust during the period studied.

Financial services group Cattles, for example, cut 400 posts in the city in 2009, then collapsed, while aircraft manufacturer BAE Systems made several redundancies at its Brough site.

The report said that cities in the south of England had mainly fuelled employment growth in this time, with London alone seeing its job totals jump by over 17%.

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Published: Monday 19th January 2015 by The News Editor

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