A NEW report reveals the economic health of Sheffield as the city battles its way through the recession.
Findings of the study - the first in-depth analysis of Sheffield’s economic wellbeing since the start of the downturn - has been released by think tank Centre for Cities.
It reveals Sheffield has been among the worst areas for unemployment growth in the country during the recession - but has since been one of the best-performing cities for creating new jobs.
The report compares the wellbeing of the UK’s 64 largest cities in towns for employment rates, business growth, skills, housing market and quality of the local environment.
It reveals Sheffield and surrounding parts of South Yorkshire have fared worse than other parts of the country because of reliance on traditional manufacturing and public sector jobs, and could be held back from future growth by low pupil attainment in schools.
Centre for Cities believes places with greater reliance on highly-skilled and high-tech industries, entrepreneurship and knowledge-based companies will be more resilient from future economic problems - which Sheffield is addressing through developments such as the Advanced Manufacturing Research Facility.
The report warns efforts must tackle dependence on public sector employment - which accounts for up to a third of all jobs in some parts of South Yorkshire - but adds further investment by the Government will be necessary to get the economy going.