Constituency data: people claiming unemployment benefits

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.

This page shows two different series:

  1. The claimant count which shows the number of people who have claimed benefits for the principle reason that they were unemployed.
  2. The alternative claimant count which models how many people would have claimed these benefits had Universal Credit been fully in place since 2013.

Further information on these two series is provided in the House of Commons briefing Universal Credit and the Claimant Count.

Contents


Constituency data for both measures

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Single constituency (alternative claimant count)

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Compare constituencies (alternative claimant count)

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Single constituency (claimant count)

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Notes

Update 09 September 2019: An extra series has been added to this page which provides alternative claimant count data. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) published this series for the first time in January 2019, and it models what the claimant count would have been if Universal Credit had been fully in place since 2013.

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). For more details see the Library’s briefing paper on Universal Credit and the claimant count.

Data updates

This dashboard is updated monthly on the day that new data is released. MPs and their staff can contact the Commons Library with queries about updates.

Sources

  • ONS Nomis, DWP Stat Xplore, House of Commons Library calculations

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