More than a year since the Covid furlough scheme ended, most urban areas appear to have bounced back to pre-pandemic employment levels – with just a couple of exceptions.
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Alison McGovern, Shadow Minister for Employment set out the need for real full employment in every region.
At this event we discussed how two years of Covid-19 have changed the way we live, work and play in the UK’s largest towns and cities
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.
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.
Guilherme Rodrigues analyses the latest claimant count and job postings data and warns that some cities look particularly vulnerable as we approach the end of the furlough scheme.
The Government has announced it will not extend its temporary uplift of Universal Credit, but its hopes that a recovering economy will step into its place won’t apply across the country.
Data from this month's update shows signs of recovery in most cities and large towns, but for a few, significant challenges remain.
As the first Labour Mayor for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Nik Johnson should focus on reducing inequalities in the combined authority ensuring everyone can benefit from the growth in the area.
While in some parts of the country the situation is stabilising, the labour market in cities and large towns in the Greater South East continues to deteriorate.