This page provides constituency-level data on people claiming unemployment benefits, expressing the data both as the number of claimants and as a proportion of the economically active population aged 16–64.
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Update 13 November 2018: We have revised our estimates of constituency claimant rates following the publication of new constituency population estimates for 2016 and 2017 and revisions to population estimates for previous years. Revisions also take into account recent changes in economic activity at the national and regional level between 2015 and 2017. For more details see section 4 of our monthly briefing People claiming unemployment benefits by constituency, October 2018.
Figures are not seasonally adjusted. Figures from January 2013 are rounded to the nearest five. Rate is number of claimants as a proportion of the economically active population aged 16–64.
There are changes in the coverage of the series in November 2013 and April 2015:
- Figures up to October 2013 show numbers of Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants (although for a small number of constituencies in the North West of England, Universal Credit had already been introduced between May 2013 and October 2013).
- Figures for November 2013 to March 2015 show the number of Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants plus the number of people not in work and claiming Universal Credit, in areas where Universal Credit had then been introduced.
- Figures for April 2015 onwards show the number of Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants plus the number of people claiming Universal Credit who were required to seek work.
Under Universal Credit, a broader span of claimants are required to look for work than under Jobseeker’s Allowance. This has the effect of increasing the number of unemployed claimants. The effect is most visible in areas operating Universal Credit “Full Service” (where rollout of Universal Credit is more advanced). Most jobcentre areas have not yet moved to “Full Service” but will do so over the course of 2017 and 2018. For more details see the Library’s briefing paper on Universal Credit and the claimant count.
ONS Nomis, House of Commons Library calculations