Doncaster in top 10 for growth in jobs

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Doncaster is one of the top 10 places for private sector job growth , a new report on economic performance reveals.

In the Centre for Cities report, Doncaster’s private sector employment from 2012 to 2013 moved 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.

But Doncaster is among the 10 places to have the lowest number of businesses overall, although these grew by 5.2 per cent from 2012, to 225 per 10,000 population in 2013.

Average weekly earnings in 2013 remained at £415.80. The employment rate rose 2.19 per cent to 65.98 per cent 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 10 cities for having the lowest rate of housing stock growth, with figures up 0.2 per cent 2012 to 2013, showing 131,600 from 131,300 in 2012.

It also had a very low 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 had a 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 fared better with 88.9 per cent.

A north/south divide featured in the report in the period 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.

Simon Dishman, policy and information officer for Doncaster Chamber of Commerce said of the job growth: “This is a great achievement when you take into account the report includes 64 of the largest towns and cities across the UK.

“Also, Doncaster has and is continuing to play a vital role as a major driver of growth for the Sheffield City Region as the second largest economy by GVA in the region.

“The Government must continue to address the north/south divide, which it has begun to do by establishing a Northern Powerhouse vision and must ensure this talk and vision is backed up by infrastructure projects that will drive business growth and job creation.”