The global downturn is leading us to a very different labour market dynamic. Previously hard to fill vacancies are becoming less hard to fill, and the increase in JSA claimants could lead to more direct interaction between A8 migrants and the newly unemployed. The economic impacts will, however, play out very differently in each city.
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Cities Outlook 2009 reveals the cities most exposed to recession - and least well placed to ride out job losses and business closures over the coming months. In 2009 all cities will feel recession bite but they will also be leading the upturn as the economy recovers.
Faiza Shaheen explores what can be done to increase employment in London.
The Government will struggle to meet its aim of an 80% national employment rate - unless it grants cities greater freedom to get the workless into jobs, according to a new report from the Centre for Cities and the Centre for Economic & Social Inclusion.
Cities Outlook 2008 looks back at the recent economic performance of UK cities as well as the main policy milestones of 2007. It also looks ahead to the prospects for UK cities in 2008 and beyond.
The Centre for Cities initial reaction to the Leitch Review of Skills.
This paper concludes that the creative class model is a poor predictor of UK city performance. There is other, stronger evidence that diversity and creativity are linked to economic growth in cities, not least through rebranding and boosting tourism. Decisionmakers should focus on the basics: creativity is the icing, not the cake.