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 22 January 2019: The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has published an alternative claimant count series today, which models what the claimant count would have been if Universal Credit had been fully in place since 2013. Constituency level figures for this alternative series for November 2018 will be published within the monthly library briefing paper People claiming unemployment benefits by constituency from editions covering December 2018 onward (available here). A time series with figures back to January 2013 has been published by the DWP on Stat-Xplore. MPs and their staff can contact the Library with further questions.
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
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