Youth unemployment varies considerably from city to city, according to a labour market analysis from Centre for Cities, a think tank that studies the UK’s urban economics. Before the recession, 13.8 per cent of working population aged 16–24 was unemployed compared with 16.2 per cent today. ‘Of particular concern is the length of time young people are unemployed for,’ says Maire Williams, a researcher at the Centre for Cities. ‘At 5.9 per cent of young claimants, Oxford has the lowest long-term unemployment, while Warrington has the highest, with over a quarter of unemployed young people looking for work for a year or more.’
The think tank’s analysis shows that a North-South divide continues in terms of unemployment numbers, but that Scottish cities and Newcastle continue to see lower unemployment figures. Chatham and Gloucester remain exceptions to southern success. Cities with high long-term unemployment also have more out-of-work young people. ‘Only Warrington fails to follow the trend,’ adds Williams.
Overall, youth unemployment has fallen in cities across the country, except Blackpool where there has been a six percentage point increase to 22.1 per cent.
The Centre for Cities has produced a top ten highest and lowest table for UK urban unemployment, along with a detailed city-by-city breakdown and a youth unemployment table.