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Inequalities in employment: problems of spatial divergence

Ivan Turok

in Tackling inequalities

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2000 | ISBN: 9781861341464
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303633 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861341464.003.0003
Inequalities in employment: problems of spatial divergence

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Work is at the heart of the government's drive for social inclusion, with strategies aimed at increasing demand at the bottom of the labour market and increasing supply through the New Deal and other policies. This chapter examines urban economic change during the last two decades and the impact on local people. It considers some of the key dimensions of labour-market inequality and discusses how these inequalities relate to issues of gender and socioeconomic occupation. It argues that current labour-market disparities threaten to undermine Labour's New Deal policies aimed at getting people back into work: a shortage of employment opportunities, not poor skills or motivation, is the reason for the high levels of unemployment in many cities.

Keywords: social inclusion; economic change; labour market; New Deal; unemployment

Chapter.  8556 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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