Partnership launches new labour market report


The Leeds City Region Labour Market Analysis 2013/14 report has been formally launched today at the Leeds City Region Skills Network annual conference.

Over 100 skills and training providers, and employers from across the City Region, met at Shipley College to discuss the latest research outlined in the report, and the key skills priorities for our main employment sectors.

The key findings from the report include:

  • Over the last 12 months, economic activity rates have picked up in Leeds City Region and outperformed the national average
  • Manufacturing employment in Leeds City Region is higher than any other area in England with 138,000 manufacturing jobs in 2011
  • Health, manufacturing and retail remain the largest employers in the City Region. Transport and storage and health created the most new jobs between 2008 and 2011, while construction and accommodation and food services lost the most jobs in that same period
  • Leeds City Region remains a key national centre for textiles and clothing – employment levels are 4.5 times and 2.3 times the national average respectively in those sectors
  • The City Region economic is forecast to create about 44,000 net new jobs in the medium term
  • The sectors expected to create the most new jobs are administrative and support services, land, transport, storage and post, professional services and retail. The public administration and defence sector is forecast to shrink by 21% in employment terms in the same period.
  • The JSA claimant rate in Leeds City Region is, at 4.8%, similar to the UK average (4.9%). However long-term claimant rates have risen more sharply in Leeds City Region than in the UK as a whole.
  • The number of NEETs (young people not in employment, education or training) has fallen over the last 12 months and is now marginally below the England average

The Labour Market Analysis is reviewed annually and helps to guide the Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) work around employment and skills.

The report has been produced by Leeds City Council's Regional Economic Intelligence Unit for the LEP.

Download the report