Skills are a key determinant of the success of people and places. Levelling up must address the root causes that are holding cities and large towns back.
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Despite claimant count remaining unchanged or declining in almost every city and large town over the past month, places are entering this second lockdown in a much weaker position than in March.
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.
While over the summer many social distancing restrictions were lifted almost everywhere, this was not reflected in the same way in local labour markets.
This is the first recession where real time data from private companies is giving up to date information on the performance of the economy. It’s time the public sector caught up.
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.
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.
Crawley remains the city with the highest share of eligible workers on furlough.
City MinutesCity Minutes: Where in the UK is it hardest to find a job?
Elena Magrini and Pawel Adrjan join Andrew Carter to discuss the scale of the unemployment crisis facing different parts of the UK.