Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Unemployment by Constituency - May 2015- JSA and Universal Credit claimant data

Unemployment in Hyndburn continues to rise as the north-south gap widens. In the last quarter unemployment rose by over 100 and had risen again. These figures are worrying given the low and falling growth we have seen and the problems the constituency faces.

Dear Graham Jones,

This is a personalised email from the House of Commons Library consisting of constituency unemployment figures for April 2015 which were published today at 9.30am.

Key facts
The total number of unemployed claimants in Hyndburn constituency in April 2015 was 1,339. This represents a rate of 3.1% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 214th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.)

This includes 939 people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance and 400 people who were claiming Universal Credit but were not in employment (provisional estimate; rounded to the nearest ten). Some of these Universal Credit claimants may no longer be seeking work.

The total number of claimants (both Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit) is 227 lower than in April 2014 and 36 higher than in March 2015. These data are not seasonally adjusted.

Further information
Statistics on unemployment and youth unemployment by constituency from May 2010 are available from the Library's Constituency Profiles. The Library's monthly research paper, Unemployment by Constituency, will be published later today. It contains detailed analysis of labour market statistics and trends.

From November 2014 the Library has included out-of-work Universal Credit claimants within its headline claimant count and rate in addition to people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance. The inclusion of Universal Credit claimants in the claimant count figures is explained in more detail in Library standard note, Unemployment by Constituency: Changes in methodology 2014.