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The economic woes of Britain’s towns and cities are taking a toll on the quality of life, with the economy in the Midlands and North East suffering the most.
The Guardian/ICM economic rankings are based on the number of people living in the same place, with cities including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield and Liverpool all in the top ten.
However, the region of the UK with the biggest decline in economic wellbeing is the North West.
The region in the South West has been hit hard by the loss of manufacturing jobs as companies move production to cheaper regions, with many towns in the region suffering an economic slump.
In the North East, Aberdeen, Bournemouth and Bristol are the only towns to be in the bottom 10 of the economic wellbeing rankings, as well as the worst-performing towns in Wales.
The region has also seen the worst fall in the number people living together, with Newcastle, Birmingham and Wirral, which are home to some of the most deprived communities in England, having lost more than one million people in the last decade.
In the North of England, there have been no big economic upsets, with no towns to fall out of the top 10.
The only town in the North to make the top 20 was Portsmouth, which has seen a significant rise in the population.
The economic wellbeing ranking has been updated for the first time since 2007, when it was created.
The UK is the only country in the world to use the new ranking to track economic performance, instead of relying on a traditional measure of unemployment or unemployment-to-population.
“The economic outlook for the North and the South East of England is very poor and the economic outlook is set to deteriorate even more by 2020,” said Tom Taylor, head of economic analysis at Ipsos MORI.
But despite the outlook being grim, Mr Taylor added that he believes that the economic decline is not irreversible.
In his report, he said: “The economic deterioration in the regions is not going to lead to the sort of long-term economic decline we have seen over the past 30 years.”
The new rankings will give the public an update on the economic health of the regions, along with an analysis of the wider impact of the Brexit referendum on the economy.
The figures show the region has been suffering the greatest economic deterioration.
In 2019, the North had an unemployment rate of 15.5%, the South 14.3%, the East 10.8%, the West 11.2%, the Midlands 11.4%, and the West Midlands 11%, while the East had an employment rate of 13.6%, the North 13.1%, the Southern 11.3% and the East 13.4%.
However, the regions unemployment rate is falling faster than the rest of the country, with London and the North having been particularly hard hit.
In 2019, London had an 11.1% unemployment rate and the Southern 14.4% with the North falling behind with a 10.1%.
The North West, which also suffered from the economic downturn, had an average unemployment rate in 2019 of 12.6%.