The economy of the three northern regions – North West, North East, and Yorkshire and the Humber – is worth £289 billion. This is twice the size of Scotland’s, and bigger than all the devolved nations’ economies combined. If it were a national economy, the north of England would rank as tenth largest inthe EU.
The economies of the five biggest cities together grew by 38.8 per cent in the 10 years to 2013 – more than the UK outside London (38.3 per cent). Their populations grew by over half a million (5.4 per cent) in the 10 years to 2014,which is more than live in the city of Manchester.
Northern ports and airports exported goods worth £55.2 billion in 2014, and imported goods worth £54.2 billion.
In the last year, the rate of job creation in areas such as North Eastern (4.8 percent) and Leeds City Region (4.0 per cent) was more than double the national rate of 1.9 per cent (which is matched by the North as a whole).