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6. Yorkshire and the Humber

Coal mines and the steel industry used to be the largest employers and the driving force of economic progress in Yorkshire and the Humber, but since the closure of the mines the region has been in transition to a more diverse economy. Manufacturing is still important in the region and this sector’s output is expected to continue to grow.

Growth sectors in Yorkshire and the Humber are the digital industry, financial services, public services, retail and sustainable technologies. Sheffield is the UK’s hub for games, while Leeds has a large financial and business services sector.

Population: 5,4 million
Surface area: 15.420 km2
Major cities: Leeds, Sheffield, Bradford, Kingston upon Hull & York


Kingston upon Hull


Gross added value (2017): £116.772 million (£21.426 per capita)

Import (2017)
Value: 7% of total UK imports
Main partners: Norway, Netherlands, Germany
Main products: fossil fuels, chemical products, machinery & transport equipment

Export (2017)
Value: 5,1% of total UK exports
Main partners: United States, Netherlands, Germany
Main products: machinery & transport equipment, chemicals

Important Universities

Major Airports                 

Major Harbours                               

University of York 

Leeds Bradford International Airport

Immingham Docks

University of Leeds

Port of Hull

University of Sheffield

Port of Grimsby