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The national story of rising inactivity and labour shortages only plays out in a handful of cities and this has important implications for how policy goes about addressing the issue.
Cities in the North have higher shares of inactivity due to poor health, as shown in Cities Outlook 2023.
While many cities perform poorly against the national average, they still play an important role in their regions despite this underperformance.
One year after the publication of the white paper, and three years after a general election, the Government has very little to show on levelling up. This is what should happen now.
What does the UK's growing inactivity crisis say about the state of the labour market and how should policy tackle this urban problem?