Published: 4th Aug 2020

Almost 6m jobs in county areas could be at risk because of the coronavirus pandemic, a report has warned. The report from Grant Thornton UK LLP for the County Councils Network (CCN) concludes that county areas are potentially more vulnerable to the economic impact of the virus compared to England’s major cities. It estimates almost 6m employees working in ‘at risk’ job sectors and the vast majority projected to have an gross value added (GVA) decline greater than the national average, a new report reveals. With 3.5m employees in the 36 counties featured in the study currently furloughed, county leaders fear that a significant number of those people will not have jobs to go back to once the scheme ends in October and have called on the government provide them with devolved powers to protect employment. Grant Thornton recommends that targeted investment needs to focus on the county areas identified to help … (To read the full article, subscribe below)