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.
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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.
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Elena Magrini and Pawel Adrjan join Andrew Carter to discuss the scale of the unemployment crisis facing different parts of the UK.
Some commentators have suggested that Covid will do in a couple of months what governments have tried to do for the last 80 years. This is very unlikely.
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.
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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.
While the Chancellor made a series of national announcements in the Summer Statement, they will play out differently across the country.