Cities Outlook 2011 reveals the cities that are bouncing back strongest from the recession, and those that are likely to continue to struggle for some time.


Over the next few years, cities will need to grapple with the challenges and opportunities of managing very tight budgets and the increased responsibilites associated with localism. At the same time cities will need to respond to on-going processes of economic change, and find ways to effectively support growth and job creation in the private sector.

Cities Outlook 2011 highlights the strengths and vulnerabilities of different city economies in this context.  It identifies those cities that are better placed to recover and grow over the next year, and those that will continue to struggle.

Download the methodological note.

City-by-city factsheets are available from City Tracker - chose a city and click 'Show city info'

Selected full data tables are also available to download:

Annual population growth 1999-2009
% of working age population in employment Jul 2009-Jun 2010
Average weekly earnings 2010
Real growth in average weekly earnings 2006-2010
% of working age population with NVQ4+ 2009
% of working age population with no formal qualifications 2009
Business demographics 2009
Change in JSA claimant rate Nov 2009-Nov 2010
City welfare bills 2009
City welfare cuts 2014/15
Public sector job losses 2014/15

To request a hard copy of the report, please contact Niamh Sands.

For any media enquiries, please contact Rachel Tooby.

Cities Outlook 2011 is supported by IBM and the Local Government Association.

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