1982 volume 14(2) pages 183 – 193
doi:10.1068/a140183

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Owen D W, Gillespie A E, 1982, "The changing relationship between local and national unemployment rates in Northern England, 1971 - 1980" Environment and Planning A 14(2) 183 – 193

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The changing relationship between local and national unemployment rates in Northern England, 1971 - 1980

D W Owen, A E Gillespie

Received 16 September 1980, in revised form 31 March 1981

Abstract. One aspect of the 'regional problem' in the British context has been the tendency for certain regions to suffer from unemployment levels persistently above the national average, often reinforced by high degrees of sensitivity to national cyclical changes. The paper examines the relationships between levels of unemployment within the Northern Region and the nation as a whole, focussing particularly upon changes in these relationships over the last decade. The lack of stability identified, with areas reacting differently to different cycles or parts of cycles, raises a number of questions concerning the interpretation of interregional unemployment convergence or divergence trends.

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