How Wolverhampton and Coventry drifted apart on youth employment

After figures showed huge differences in joblessness in cities an hour’s drive apart, the Guardian investigates the growing gap

Youth unemployment figures published this week have underlined the contrasting economic fortunes of two cities an hour’s drive apart, with Wolverhampton having one of the highest jobless rates for 16 to 24-year-olds in the UK, and Coventry one of the lowest.

The Guardian visited the two cities to find how their paths have diverged and why young people appear to have such comparative success in finding a job in Coventry, while the story is so different in Wolverhampton.

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