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Cities in the north improving unemployment rates

Published: Monday, 10 December 2007   Category: Graduate Job sector Reports

Cities in the north of the UK have improved more than those in the south in terms of employment over the last ten years, according to new research.

The research, by thinktank Centre for Cities, also revealed that Milton Keynes is the most improved out of all the cities and towns in the UK, reports personneltoday.com.

Dermot Finch, director of Centre for Cities said: "These figures show that it's less 'grim up north'. Cities like Warrington and Doncaster are on the up, but need to sustain this momentum over many years if they are going to catch up with the likes of York and Milton Keynes."

However unemployment in the cities which have improved the most such as Derby, Doncaster and Sunderland is still high. One in three people in Sunderland are unemployed, according to the research.

£1.5 billion has been made available to local councils in order to reduce long term unemployment in the UK. The fund will be available to 66 local authorities.

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