Hull, Bradford and Rotherham have missed out on the recovery seen in some cities through recent unemployment figures, according to the GMB union.
They claim that gross domestic product (GDP) levels are 5.7 percent below those of 2007 and that average earnings are down 13.8 percent in the same period.
The GMB says Hull's employment rate is 11.6 per cent below the national average, while Bradford's is 7.4 per cent lower and Rotherham's is 6.6 per cent lower.
It's possible too that companies aren't being more generous because they don't feel under any pressure to be?
Unemployment in Yorkshire has decreased by 16,000 in the quarter to May, official figures have revealed.