Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Services Sector Driving City Jobs Growth - Study; EMPLOYMENT

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Services Sector Driving City Jobs Growth - Study; EMPLOYMENT

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Byline: graeme whitfield graeme.whitfield@ncjmedia.co.uk

JOBS in city centres have increased in recent years, driven by Britain's growing services sector, a new study reveals.

Firms are being attracted to cities by infrastructure, availability of workers and being close to other companies, the research found.

The Centre For Cities think-tank said 59% of all jobs in Britain are now based in cities, even though they only make up 9% of land across the country.

In contrast, rural areas account for over half of land, but just 10% of jobs.

Businesses trading goods or services at home and abroad are increasingly choosing to locate in city centres, providing 76,000 more jobs since 1998. City centres are also more likely to attract inward investment.

The think-tank urged the Government to support growth in urban areas as a way of driving economic activity across Britain.

Alexandra Jones, chief executive of Centre For Cities, said: "National leaders have come a long way in the past six years in recognising the diverse roles that different places, and cities in particular, can play in generating growth and contributing to the national economy.

"It's crucial that the new Government continues to build on this progress, if it is to achieve its vision of raising prosperity for people across the country.

"A strategy to extend economic opportunity and prosperity will need policies that work with the grain of the national economy and exploit its strengths. …

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