Cities Outlook 2010

Cities Outlook 2010 finds that, as we move out of recession, the UK will face an uneven recovery. Already-robust city economies like Brighton are more likely to grow stronger, leaving others like Doncaster further behind.

Report published on 18 January 2010 by Centre for Cities

Over the last year the recession has hit cities hard, and put a decade of urban renaissance on hold. Unemployment has risen sharply, particularly among young people. The cities hit hardest have been those with lowest skills, and employment in exposed sectors.

The priority for the next year needs to be to get the UK back on a path to balanced growth and economic resilience. Strengthening cities’ roles as centres for business and jobs needs to be based on an understanding of the economic roles of different places.

Cities Outlook ranks the economic performance of 64 of the UK’s largest cities and towns*.  This year’s report also includes an analysis of the economic performance of the City Regions, a wider definition of urban areas and a summary of City Regional devolution to date.

This independent report was financially supported by the Local Government Association.

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Full data tables are also available for selected indicators used in the report:

Employment rate 2009

Business demographics 2008

JSA claimant count 2009

Employment growth 2006-08

Private sector employment growth 1998-2008

Weekly earnings 2009

High skills 2008

Low skills 2008

*We have used data for Primary Urban Areas rather than individual local authority districts.