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SOUTH-EAST SET FOR GROWTH

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A report by the nine counties in south-east England outside London forecasts that 415,000 new jobs will be created ...
A report by the nine counties in south-east England outside London forecasts that 415,000 new jobs will be created in the area by 2005.

The Financial Times (5 June, p8) reported that the study suggests the region will achieve faster growth than the UK average because of its strength in expanding sectors such as business services.

It warned that away from the depressed coastal towns meant inland labour markets are close to full employment. 'The implication is that any future expansion in labour will require either higher participation (especially of females) and/or accelerated in-migration, requiring more land for housing and possibly resulting in greater traffic congestion.'

The south-east consists of Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Surrey, West Sussex, East Sussex and Kent.
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