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While the take-up of the Job Retention Scheme has increased everywhere in January to reflect the third lockdown, there are signs that things are less bad than during the first one.
While over the summer many social distancing restrictions were lifted almost everywhere, this was not reflected in the same way in local labour markets.
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.
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.
Dr Dafni Papoutsaki from the Institute for Employment Studies discusses her new research on the links between internal migration and social mobility.
Crawley remains the city with the highest share of eligible workers on furlough.
Elena Magrini and Pawel Adrjan join Andrew Carter to discuss the scale of the unemployment crisis facing different parts of the UK.
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.
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.