This month’s labour market data contains many fewer surprises than the large deterioration revealed in last month’s figures.
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To support future economic growth, Preston should look to strengthen the appeal of the city centre to businesses.
Paul Swinney's briefing on the implications of the Chancellor's statement for cities and economic growth in 2012.
One of the biggest challenges facing cities with struggling economies is to improve the “intermediate” skills profiles of their populations.
Young people made up the bulk of the increase in unemployment in the three months to September, with an extra 67,000 young people unemployed over the period.
Sheffield needs to work to make the city more attractive to business and prioritise skills investment and university links.
Despite strong city wide growth, some mid-sized cities suffer from weak urban cores, with subsequent negative impacts on the whole city economy.
Unemployment jumped to 8.1 percent in the three months to August, the highest rate since July 1996 - casting further doubts on the recovery of the private sector in the UK.
Public sector job cuts now seem to be having an impact on the UK labour market. Excluding employment as a result of this year’s census, employment in the public sector fell by 97,000 between March and June.
A further 37,100 people claimed JSA over the last month, and the claimant count is now 0.3 percentage points higher this time last year.