Manchester Leads on UK Jobs and Population Growth

Published: 26/03/2018

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There seems to be no stopping Manchester – the city of the moment, or at least, the decade!

Topping another table, Manchester city centre has led the way for the highest job and population growth in the UK.  Compiled by Centre for Cities, an independent think-tank, their report place Manchester firmly in the top spot, followed closely by Leeds, Liverpool and Birmingham.

The report highlights that from 2002 to 2015, Manchester’s population soared by 149% and jobs by 84% from 1998 to 2015, the highest increase anywhere in the UK in decades.

In second place, Leeds had a city centre population growth of 151% and job growth of 34%. The Northern Powerhouse Cities continued to dominate with Liverpool securing fourth place, with a population growth of 181% and job growth of 27%.

These are certainly impressive statistics, especially when compared to the capital, which gained a population growth of just 22% between 2002 and 2015 – London’s Northern counterparts grew more than 6.5 times faster between the same time!

Whilst Manchester are taking steps to address this huge surge in population, by building more residential flats in the city centre, the report highlights the need to ensure that all aspects the city are meeting the increasing demand. This includes the need to protect commercial spaces in the city that are integral to attracting companies and as a result more jobs.

Andrew Carter, Chief Executive of Centre for Cities states:

“Thirty years ago the centres of places like Manchester and Birmingham were run-down and struggling, but since then they have undergone a dramatic transformation, and have become increasingly attractive locations for people to live and work in.

“This urban renaissance has brought opportunities for people living across these cities and their surrounding areas, and it’s vital that it continues. But for that to happen, cities need to take tough decisions on how to sustain the growth of their commercial centres, while also providing the homes their residents need.”

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