Cumbria at work

Peck, Frank ORCID logo ORCID: (2016) Cumbria at work. In Cumbria Magazine, 2016 (Nov). p. 79.

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Professor Frank Peck of the University of Cumbria’s Centre for Regional Economic Development writes for in-Cumbria on the big issues of the day and the economic data behind them. This month, the latest data on Cumbria sector employment numbers and job growth. In September 2016, employment data for 2015 was released by the Office for National Statistics. A recent review of this data from the Cumbria Intelligence Observatory makes interesting reading. Perhaps unsurprisingly, jobs in Cumbria are still dominated by five key sectors – manufacturing (38,500), health (¬31,700), accommodation & food services (¬28,400), retailing (¬27,500) and education (¬19,100). What is perhaps of greater interest is the pattern of change over time. Between 2010 and 2015, employment in the county grew by 4.4% - a net increase of more than 10,000 jobs across Cumbria. This quite striking figure mirrors national trends - a rise of 7 percent across the country as a whole. It seems that despite austerity and the economic uncertainties that characterised these years, the Cumbrian economy seemed to generate plenty of work opportunities for residents in the county. Compared with other counties of England, Cumbria’s employment performance is quite creditable. The growth rate in Cumbria may have been much below the figures for some highly dynamic local economies in the southeast, midlands and some areas of the north, in particular Cheshire and Warrington (+10%). But Cumbria could claim to be on a par with Greater Manchester (+5.1%), Sheffield City-Region (+4.2%) and surpassed other significant economies across the North including Liverpool City Region (+3.4%), Lancashire (+2.9%) and the Tees Valley -+3.7%).

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: In Cumbria Magazine
Publisher: CN Group
Departments: Centre for Regional Economic Development (CRED)
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2018 11:56
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 16:17


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