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Yorkshire and The Humber: 11.5% of adults had no qualifications

The 2013 ONS regional characteristics analysis for Yorkshire and The Humber

The latest ONS Region and Country Profiles analysis takes a look at the regional characteristics of the nine regions within England and countries of the UK, exploring aspects such as population, age, employment, crime and house prices. The profile of Yorkshire and The Humber shows its residents to have low earnings and house prices to be stagnant. Yorkshire and The Humber contributes 7% to the UK’s economic output. A relatively high percentage of the population are unqualified and labour productivity is the lowest in England.

Yorkshire and The Humber made up 8% of the total UK population

Yorkshire and The Humber had a population of 5.3 million at mid-2012, 8% of the total UK population. The increase from mid-2011 was 0.5%, compared with an increase of 0.7% for the UK. As a region, Yorkshire and The Humber covers 6% of the total area of the UK, an area of 15,400 square kilometres (sq km).

The south and west of the region are relatively urban, including two metropolitan county areas, West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire. The county of North Yorkshire includes most of the areas of the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales National Parks. The population density (345 people per sq km in 2012) and the proportion of residents living in urban areas (82.5% in 2011) are both close to the average for England (411 people per sq km and 82.4% respectively).

Regional life expectancy is lower than the England average

Life expectancy at birth in 2009 to 2011 was 78.1 years for males and 82.0 years for females, lower than the England averages (78.9 and 82.9 years respectively). The median age of residents was 39.8 years in mid-2012, close to the UK figure of 39.7 years.

The level of crime in Yorkshire and The Humber is similar to the England average. In 2012/13 there were an estimated 216 crimes against households committed per 1,000 households compared with 217 crimes per 1,000 households in England.

House prices in the region remained static in the year to mid-2013

Yorkshire and The Humber region contributed 7% of the UK’s economic output (gross value added or GVA) in 2011. Labour productivity (GVA per hour worked) in Yorkshire and The Humber was the lowest in England in 2011 at 12% below the UK average, compared with 29% above the UK average for London. The percentage of the region’s population aged 16 to 64 having no qualifications in 2012 was 11.5%, compared with 9.9% for the UK as a whole.

The average house price in Yorkshire and The Humber in June 2013 was £164,000, among the lowest of the English regions, compared with £251,000 for England. House prices fell 0.2% in the year to June 2013, the only English region to show a decrease.

The unemployment rate was 8.9% in Q2 2013, compared with 7.8% for the UK. In April 2012, median gross weekly earnings for full-time adult employees in Yorkshire and The Humber were £465, one of the lowest in England and lower than the UK median of £506. Gross disposable household income (GDHI) of Yorkshire and The Humber residents was £13,800 per head in 2011, compared with £16,000 for the UK for the same period.

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