State of Sheffield report predicts thousands of job losses
Between 6,000 and 8,000 public sector jobs could be lost in Sheffield by 2015, according to a report.
The State of Sheffield was commissioned by the city's leaders for an honest and realistic appraisal.
Gordon Dabinett, author of the report, said it was the first time data from across various sectors had been gathered to gain insight into the city.
The Labour leader of Sheffield Council, Julie Dore, said there could be more job losses than estimated.
"Unfortunately I think 8,000 jobs looks realistic and, my fear is, it could possibly be more," said Ms Dore.
"We need to address what issues Sheffield faces.'Major improvement'
"Together we need to ensure the private sector does grow and it does replace the jobs that we are losing in the public sector."
The report looks at several factors across the city including living, employment and wellbeing.
"The starting point of the story is that Sheffield's population is growing, if you consider 15 years ago that was not the case. That is a major improvement for the city," said Mr Dabinett.
"People are now choosing to come and live and work in the city so that's quite an important step forward."'Address the challenges'
Ms Dore said the report took a snapshot of the city which would assist the leaders of the city to plan for the future.
"This report brings together the major private and public partners in the city and it says, 'look everyone we are all responsible for this city and responsible for where we are now and where we are going in the future'," she said.
"I think we can address the challenges that Sheffield faces but also make the most of the opportunities we have."