New report’s job growth optimism for Doncaster

NEWS: News.
NEWS: News.

Doncaster features as one of the the top ten cities for highest job growth in the private sector, in a report on UK cities’ economic performance that has just been published.

In the Centre for Cities report, Doncaster saw private sector employment from 2012 to 2013 move up 4.7 per cent to a total 75,600 jobs. But on the downside, it is one of the worst cities nationally for high carbon emissions.

It is among the ten cities seen to have the lowest number of businesses, although these grew by 5.2 per cent from 2012, to 225 per 10,000 population in 2013.

Average weekly earnings in 2013 saw no growth at £415.80. The employment rate rose by 2.19 per cent to 65.98 from July 2012 to June 2013. Jobseekers’ allowance claimants were down by 1.05 per cent to 4.14 per cent.

Doncaster featured in the worst ten cities for the lowest housing stock growth, up 0.2 per cent 2012 to 2013, or 131,600 from 131,300 in 2012.

It also has one of the lowest percentage of people with high qualifications. A total 22.9 per cent of the working age population had NVQ4 and above in 2013.

As the fifth worst result for high carbon emissions per capita, Doncaster showed 8.1 total carbon emissions in 2012 as opposed to 7.6 in 2011. Lowest emissions were in Hastings with 4.2 per cent.

This area has a super low superfast broadband speeds penetration rate, it was revealed. In 2013 Doncaster was ninth worst with 61.4 per cent,as compared to Luton which came top with 88.9 per cent

Doncaster’s population in 2012 was 302,700, with an annual population growth rate from 2002 to 2012 of 0.48.

The Centre for Cities report gives information and perspective on the economic performance of UK cities.

Cities account for 54 per cent of the population, 60 per cent of jobs and 63 per cent of the national output.

A growing north/south divide features in the comprehensive report on how England’s cities and their economies are performing.

It could be seen that in the period from 2004 to 2013, for every 10 net additional private sector jobs created in cities in the south of England, there was one lost in cities elsewhere in Britain.

The growth of housing in the south was stronger at 7.8 per cent than the average elsewhere of 5.6 per cent.