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.
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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.
If April claimant count data suggested cities and large towns in the North and Midlands were hardest hit, May's release shows that cities with strong economies in the South of England are now catching up.
Interventions to get unemployed people back to work must be timely, tailored and localised.
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Sunday’s announcement from the Prime Minister encouraging workers who cannot work from home to go back to work will be felt most in the North and Midlands.
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