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Cities Outlook 2012: spotlight on York

City of York Council

12:00am 23rd January 2012

York is one of the best cities in the UK in which to live and work according to an independent report published today (23rd January 2012).

The Cities Outlook for 2012, produced by the Centre for Cities, ranks the economic performance and social inequality of cities across the UK.

York continues to buck the national trend, as the only northern city to compete with cities in the south on key economic indicators such as welfare claimants, inequality and workforce qualifications.

The number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance in York has remained relatively stable since 2008 and has a low number of long term job seekers, showing that unemployment rates in the city are much lower and remain more consistent than in most areas of the UK.

York is also ranked in the top ten cities in the UK with the lowest level of inequality between residents.

Not surprisingly, with two universities and an excellent reputation for educational provision York is in the top ten cities in the country for a well qualified workforce and has one of the lowest percentages of the working age population with no formal qualifications in the country.

Councillor James Alexander, Labour Leader of City of York Council, said:

"We welcome the report which shows that York remains one of the best cities in the country to live and work. It proves that the city is well placed to recover from the global recession, and to ensure that all sections of the community can benefit from new economic opportunities.

"The report shows York to have high growth and low comparable rates of unemployment compared to elsewhere - vindication of all efforts made by the council and its partners to support the local economy and help residents into work.

"However, there can be no grounds for complacency. Our priority remains to move the economy forward and build upon our ambitions and strengths through the recently launched York Economic Strategy.

"We know that we need to further improve skills to ensure that York's workforce can meet the changing needs of local businesses, strengthen the city's culture of enterprise, develop knowledge and creative businesses and ensure that there is space for growth. Our aim is to ensure that York is not just seen as one of the best cities in the UK to live and work, but as one of the best cities in the world."

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