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Public sector job cuts shock
YORK has the worst track record in the region for public sector job losses with 20 per cent of employment in the sector being axed.
New figures from the Office of National Statistic revealed the city has been ranked 14th out of the 14 local authorities in the Yorkshire and the Humber region for the number of jobs lost.
The Business and Register Employment Survey for 2012 showed since 2008 the number of jobs in the York’s public sector have fallen by 20 per cent.
However the same survey revealed York is the third best performing area in terms of the fewest number of jobs being lost in the private sector.
York lost just 3.7 per cent of its private sector jobs, a figure beaten only by Wakefield and Barnsley, and much lower than the regional drop of 6.1 per cent.
The survey, which has released headline figures with an industry break down due on October 18, revealed Doncaster and Leeds have seen the greatest losses of private sector employment.
City of York Council leader Coun James Alexander says it is no coincidence private business are filling the gaps being left by public sector cut backs.
He said: “York has for quite some time had an economy that was overly reliant on the public sector, and in an era of cuts to the public sector I was very much aware of how susceptible we were to large job losses. The council has therefore been focusing on economic growth within the private sector. We have been trying to attract businesses to York, and have already seen some success with Hiscox and John Lewis. The drop in unemployment shows that has been successful too.”
Coun Alexander believes the type of jobs being lost compared to those being created has not proved problematic for those looking for work.
He said: “We haven’t put a huge focus on skill matching. We have got the fifth highest skillset in the country here in York, which is why many private businesses come here in the first place. The skills of the majority of our workforce will be able to be transferred.”
As well as attracting private sector jobs the Council says it is looking at a number of areas to mitigate the affects of job losses. Work is being done to address the earnings gap between the cost of living and wages, as well as work to cut child care costs and provide affordable housing.
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