Unemployment: the key UK data and benefit claimants for every constituency

The UK unemployment rate now stands at 7.8% down 0.4% on last year. See how the national figures have changed and get the numbers in each parliamentary constituency
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Unemployment is down again, with the number of jobless reaching 2.51m, down 110,000 on last year.

So how is it changing? Scroll down the page to see full details on youth unemployment, claimant count where you live and public sector jobs.

Total unemployment

The jobless total stood at 2.51m for July to September 2012, dropping by 49,000 from April to June 2012. The UK unemployment rate has dropped from 7.9% to 7.8% according to the latest Office for National Statistics release. This is the lowest rate since March to May 2011, but still considerably higher than the lows of 4.7% seen in late 2004 and early 2005.

Public sector employment

The most recent quarterly update for public sector employment makes for more sombre reading. Public sector jobs are at 5.6m, which is a drop of 394,000 – or 6.5% – on the same period last year and 235,000 on the previous quarter.

19.2% of the UK workforce is in the public sector, the lowest figures since this data series began in 1999.

Youth unemployment

Unemployment among the under-25s has stayed below 1m falling by 49,000 from the April to June figure. The jobless rate among 16 to 24-year-olds is now 20.7%, down 0.8 percentage points from April to June.

Click on the image above to explore youth unemployment around the UK.


The ONS has this great video explaining their labour statistics:

Benefit claimants

The ONS says the number claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance last month was 1.58million, up 10,100 on September.

Our figures, not seasonally adjusted, from NOMIS, show benefit claimants in each UK parliamentary constituency.

We’ve gone for claimants rather than unemployed numbers because – although the numbers are lower – they are bang up to date and available at a really local level, so you can see exactly what’s happening near where you live.

Constituency breakdown

Birmingham Ladywood remains the constituency with the highest claimant rate at 11.2% with Hodge Hill following closely behind once more at 9.9%. Some of the other key numbers from this analysis are:

• Highest % of men claiming benefits: Birmingham Ladywood, 15.1%
• Highest % of women: Birmingham Ladywood, 7.2%
• Biggest %-point increase over the year: Belfast West, 1%points
• Biggest % change on month: St Ives, up 9.6%
• Biggest %-point decrease over the year: Hackney South and Shoreditch, down 0.8% point

Download the full data and in the second tab you can see our rankings by constituency – with highest rates by men and women and a host of other bits of analysis.

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