Yorkshire a tour de force in jobs market

Published: Friday 20th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Yorkshire is creating more jobs than France in its entirety.

This was the claim of Chancellor George Osborne during a Commons announcement. His statement builds on the good news in the 2010s for what he called a “great county”.

Last year Yorkshire hosted the Tour de France’s opening stages, attracting a maximum of 3 million spectators. In 2012 the county’s star athletes contributed seven golds and five other medals in the London 2012 Olympics.

This put it ahead of whole countries such as Spain, South Africa and Brazil.

Its population is 5.2 million, under a tenth of the headcount of France. Yet Yorkshire’s unemployment rate currently stands at about 6%, compared to 10.4% in France.

This followed a drop of 30,000 jobless people in the three months to January.

Some observers, especially within social media, are calling Mr Osborne’s figures into question, claiming he is glossing over some clear worries. Bill Adams, the regional secretary for Yorkshire’s TUC branch, is one of them.

He says some of the county’s areas have not recovered from the manufacturing blight from the last two decades of the 20th century.

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Published: Friday 20th March 2015 by The News Editor

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