James Hall, partner at planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore, responded to the latest unemployment statistics which show Yorkshire and the Humber unemployment was five per cent in the three months to the end of November 2018, compared with the joint lowest in the UK in the South East and East of England, both at 3.1%.
James Hall said: “It’s encouraging to see Yorkshire and the Humber maintain employment but with the unemployment rate still among the highest in the UK there is work to be done.
“We must recognise the efforts of the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership and Sheffield City Region in creating long term positive change.
“Part of Yorkshire’s employment progress can be attributed to employment-led developments such as the continued expansion of Waverley Advanced Manufacturing Park and the expansion of established businesses such as Harrogate Spring.
“We can combat unemployment and accelerate employment by investing in more of these types of schemes. Leeds’ recent Channel 4 HQ success is a great example of the pulling power Yorkshire has thanks to high quality skills, housing affordability and quality of life.
“Jobs will follow if we attract others based on these strengths.”