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Regional profile paints contrasting picture of life in North-East
LIVING in the North-East means a shorter life expectancy and fewer jobs - but cheaper homes and less crime, according to official figures.
Regional factsheets published this week by the Office for National Statistics paint a contrasting picture of life in the North-East in the 21st century.
According to the profile, the population of the North-East is relatively old with an average age of 41.5 years in mid-2012.
This was the same as Scotland but above the UK average age of 39.7 years.
Life expectancy at birth in the region in 2009 to 2011 was one of the lowest in England at 77.5 years for men and 81.5 years for women. This compares with 78.9 and 82.9 years respectively for England.
The unemployment rate in the region was the highest in the UK at 10.3 per cent in the second quarter of 2013, compared with 7.8 per cent for the UK.
The report provided further bad news with figures that showed almost a fifth of children in the North-East lived in workless households during the same period - at 18.7 per cent this was the highest proportion in the UK.
In April 2012, average gross weekly earnings for full-time adult employees in the North-East were £455 - joint lowest with Wales and lower than the UK average of £506.
Figures from industry show the North-East produced three per cent of the UK’s economic output in 2011, with only Northern Ireland having a lower output at two per cent.
Despite this, the region produced 8.9 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per resident in the same year, the highest of all the English regions.
However, the profile revealed some positives, with the North-East crime rate among the lowest in England in 2012/13.
It showed there were 53 police-recorded crimes per 1,000 population compared with 64 per 1,000 population across England in 2012/13.
House prices also remained low, with the average property in June 2013 costing £145,000, the lowest of all the English regions.
The profile for Yorkshire and Humber painted an equally worrying picture with unemployment higher than average, but life expectancy and earnings both lower.
House prices fell 0.2 per cent in the year to June 2013 - the only English region to show a decrease.
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