Published: 22nd Jan 2021

Unemployment in older industrial areas is now above levels experienced 10 years ago, according to a new report. The new report was commissioned by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust and the Industrial Communities Alliance from researchers at Sheffield Hallam University’s Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, warns there may be more redundancies to come in the Spring. It looks at the impact of the coronavirus crisis on the economy, labour market and public health of older industrial towns, the former coalfields and the main regional cities of the Midlands, North, Scotland and Wales. According to the report, between February and November 2020, unemployment rose by 310,000 in older industrial towns, 100,000 in the former coalfields and 140,000 in the main regional cities. And over the year to November, the number of 16-24 year olds claiming unemployment benefit in older industrial Britain roughly doubled. The report also found over the whole … (To read the full article, subscribe below)