As the COVID-19 pandemic sends shockwaves through the labour market, Centre for Cities tracks the latest unemployment claim statistics across the UK's cities and largest towns.
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Centre for Cities tracks the recovery of high streets in Britain's cities and large towns from the Coronavirus pandemic.
As the labour market stabilises, claimant count rates in all cities still remain higher than they were pre-pandemic, impacting both the levelling up agenda and the current cost of living crisis.
Levelling up depends on stronger local governments who are empowered and resourced to deliver for their areas; and the skills mission is no exception to this necessity.
The last couple of months have shown a stabilisation of claimant count after consecutive months of improvement. The UK’s largest cities show relatively high claimant count rates.
Spain’s cities, unlike Britain’s, are typically dominated by a mid-rise urban form. This makes active travel and public transport more effective, and promotes the economic benefits of agglomeration.
Cities Outlook 2022 looks in-depth at the state of UK high streets to get a sense of the short-term impact of the pandemic on Britain's town and city centres and the long-term consequences and implications this has for the Government’s levelling up agenda.
The most recent data suggests that a post-furlough unemployment surge may have been avoided and several cities in the North and Midlands are leading the recovery. However, this is far from achieving levelling up.
Research Intern Andrei Savitski analyses the most recent claimant count data and sets out what now must happen to ensure a swift bounce back of the economy
There were still 1.1 million people on furlough in September, and almost one third of them were in London, Birmingham and Manchester.