Hull and Blackpool have highest jobless rates in UK | Business

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Blackpool and Hull have the highest rates of unemployment in the UK as the pandemic causes disproportionate economic damage on the towns and cities at the heart of the government’s levelling-up agenda.

With unemployment rising across the country, research from two leading organisations suggested that areas where the local economies were struggling before the pandemic struck are now among the hardest-hit.

The Lancashire seaside town and Yorkshire port city had the highest percentage of people claiming unemployment-related benefits in August, according to analysis of the latest official jobs market figures by the Centre for Cities thinktank.

It said one in 10 working-age adults (9.9%) in Blackpool were claiming unemployment benefits in August, with a similar amount (9.8%) in Hull, closely followed by towns and cities such as Birmingham, Bradford and Liverpool.



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