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Employment and unemployment on Merseyside, 1945–98
in We shall not be moved
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This chapter analyses the distinctive nature of Liverpool’s economy. Extensive empirical evidence is provided in this chapter which displays the various rates of unemployment, underemployment and deprivation on Merseyside during the post-war era, with special attention paid to the late 1970s onward. This evidence clearly demonstrates that unemployment in Liverpool for most of the twentieth century was consistently higher than any other major urban centre in Britain. However, it was in the last two decades of that century, that jobless rates on Merseyside doubled national averages and went far beyond the levels experienced in Britain’s more traditional industrial heartlands.

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