West Yorkshire was built on textile manufacture, heavy engineering and coal mining. Those industries declined long ago, but manufacturing, construction and distribution are still major employers here.
The rise of finance and service industries means that unemployment is only about 1% above the national average.
This is one of the Britain's most diverse regions in population, employment and salaries.
Leeds is the third biggest city in Britain, and it's rapidly become the second biggest financial centre and also a focus for information and communication jobs. Around 120,000 people are employed in Leeds in business and financial services and adverts with recruitment agencies show that high salaries can be found here. The entire service sector in the city employs more than 340,000.
Coal mining was once a big industry in West Yorkshire and the remaining Kellingley colliery is one of the few working mines left in the UK. It is still the country's largest producer of coal, and directly provides around 700 jobs.
Two of Britain's four major supermarkets are based in the region, Asda in Leeds and Morrisons in Bradford.
The public sector is a major source of employment across the region, with Leeds City Council alone employing 33,000 staff.