Job postings are slower to recover where more people work from home and high-street footfall remains low, making it harder for redundant workers to find jobs.
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While over the summer many social distancing restrictions were lifted almost everywhere, this was not reflected in the same way in local labour markets.
Unemployment claims continue to rise, but at a slower pace, suggesting the gradual phase out of the job retention scheme has not translated into unemployment. At least not yet.
The Prime Minister’s adult skills announcements are a welcome step to support people adapt to the changing labour market while helping places ‘level up’ – the next step should be investment in job creation.
In the UK, competition for jobs has risen most in places where work was already hardest to find, raising concerns about widening geographic inequality.
The number of people claiming unemployment benefits continues to rise, with the biggest rises in the past month in large cities and towns in the South East.
After a small decline from May to June, unemployment claims are now back on the rise everywhere in the country.
Cities are using their knowledge of their local area to support people train and find a job, but the support they can provide is limited by red tape.
The latest data shows that while no city or large town has high-take up of Job Retention Scheme but low claimant count, many do have high unemployment claims and lower levels of people on furlough.
Changes in the immigration system will mostly affect cities in the Greater South East.