Continued inequality in productivity performance across the country – Rebecca Long Bailey
Rebecca Long Bailey MP, Shadow Business Secretary, commenting on ONS regional labour productivity statistics out today, said:
“There continues to be significant inequality in productivity performance across the country, highlighting the lack of investment and concern for many regions under this Tory Government.
“The only two regions with labour productivity above the UK average are London and the Southeast, masking far lower rates of productivity – below the UK average –for the ten other regions.
“The government has failed to arrest slumping productivity since the financial crisis. Labour will bring investment and a real economic plan to combat gaping regional inequality.”
Notes to Editors:
- ONS statistics on regional and sub-regional labour productivity released today:https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/labourproductivity/articles/regionalandsubregionalproductivityintheuk/february2019
- Figure 2 demonstrates that Scotland, the East of England, the North West, the South West, the North East, West Midlands, Yorkshire and The Humber, East Midlands, Wales, and Northern Ireland all have labour productivity below the UK average (in terms of gross value added per hour worked).