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Unemployment


Monthly Unemployment Headline Data

Our monthly digest contains the latest official unemployment figures for the UK and North West region and the narrower claimant count measure of Jobseeker's Allowance for Lancashire, its districts, unitaries and wards, and larger areas. You will find here all the numbers you hear in the news.

This month's instalment has official unemployment figures for the three months January 2015 to March 2015 and the narrower claimant count data for April 2015. Reports for previous months are still available.

Official unemployment for the North West and United Kingdom for three months January 2015 to March 2015

 

People aged 16 or over and economically active, seasonally adjusted

Unemployment

Quarterly change

Yearly change

Number

Rate (%)

Number

Rate (%)

In rate ±

Number

Rate (%)

In rate ±

All people

United Kingdom

1,827,000

5.5

-35,000

-1.9

-0.1

-386,000

-17.4

-1.2

North West

201,000

5.7

-28,000

-12.2

-0.8

-62,000

-23.5

-1.9

Men

United Kingdom

1,006,000

5.7

-34,000

-3.2

-0.2

-225,000

-18.3

-1.3

North West

113,000

6.0

-16,000

-12.4

-0.9

-41,000

-26.6

-2.3

Women

United Kingdom

821,000

5.3

-2,000

-0.2

0.0

-161,000

-16.4

-1.1

North West

88,000

5.3

-12,000

-12.0

-0.7

-21,000

-19.2

-1.3

Numbers are rounded to the nearest thousand.

Source Office for National Statistics – Labour Force Survey – Statistical Bulletin Labour Market Statistics for the United Kingdom and the North West of England

Key points from official unemployment   

The official unemployment rate for all people aged 16 and over in the United Kingdom (UK) was 5.5% for the three months ending March 2015. In the North West the rate was 5.7%. The rates for men in the UK and North West were similar, at 5.7% and 6% and the rates for women were identical, at 5.3%.    

In the last quarter, the official unemployment rate fell by 1.9% in the UK. The decrease for men was 3.2%. There was little change in the rate for women.

In the last quarter the decrease in the North West (12.2%) was well above that in the UK. The decrease was similar for both men and women.  

Over the last year official unemployment has been falling both across the UK (by 17.4%) and the North West (23.5%). Across the UK rates decreased by similar amounts for both men and women (18.3% and 16.4%). Across the North West the decrease for men was higher (26.6%) than for women (19.2%). 

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Official unemployment for the North West and United Kingdom to March 2015

 

 

 

 

Claimant count for districts, unitaries, Lancashire and larger areas (April 2015) 

 
People aged 16 - 64
Males
Females
Total
Yearly change
Monthly change
Count
%
Count
%
Count
%
Count
%
Count
Burnley
696
2.6
415
1.5
1,111
2.0
-842
-43.1
-65
-5.5
Chorley
439
1.2
254
0.7
693
1.0
-567
-45.0
-16
-2.3
Fylde
304
1.4
182
0.8
486
1.1
-324
-40.0
-44
-8.3
Hyndburn
514
2.1
302
1.2
816
1.6
-574
-41.3
-21
-2.5
Lancaster
878
2.0
426
0.9
1,304
1.4
-804
-38.1
-80
-5.8
Pendle
467
1.7
285
1.0
752
1.3
-731
-49.3
-38
-4.8
Preston
910
1.9
478
1.0
1,388
1.5
-1,207
-46.5
-56
-3.9
Ribble Valley
115
0.7
64
0.4
179
0.5
-143
-44.4
-10
-5.3
Rossendale
413
1.9
234
1.1
647
1.5
-429
-39.9
-28
-4.1
South Ribble
334
1.0
211
0.6
545
0.8
-565
-50.9
-26
-4.6
West Lancashire
470
1.4
258
0.7
728
1.1
-859
-54.1
-32
-4.2
Wyre
453
1.5
200
0.6
653
1.0
-564
-46.3
-71
-9.8
Lancashire (12 districts)
5,993
1.6
3,309
0.9
9,302
1.3
-7,609
-45.0
-487
-5.0
Blackburn w Darwen
1,341
2.9
707
1.5
2,048
2.2
-1,186
-36.7
-95
-4.4
Blackpool
1,856
4.2
889
2.0
2,745
3.1
-1,848
-40.2
-300
-9.9
Lancashire (14 authorities)
9,190
2.0
4,905
1.1
14,095
1.5
-10,643
-43.0
-882
-5.9
North West
50,089
2.2
28,127
1.2
78,216
1.7
-61,632
-44.1
-4,047
-4.9
Great Britain
483,352
2.4
268,443
1.3
751,795
1.9
-334,498
-30.8
-29,169
-3.7
United Kingdom
514,336
2.5
281,631
1.4
795,967
1.9
-346,373
-30.3
-30,882
-3.7

Note: In July 2014 the resident population figures, used to calculate rates for local authorities, were updated with new estimates using 2013 data. Rates are therefore not directly comparable with those for months before that date.   

Key points from claimant count unemployment  

The claimant count rate of unemployment for all claimants in wider Lancashire was 1.5%. 14,095 people were claiming Job Seekers Allowance for unemployment. Of these, 9,190 were men and 4,905 were women. The unemployment rate for men (2%) was higher than for women (1.1%).     

The rate within the county council area was slightly lower, at just 1.3%. 9,302 people were claiming Job Seekers Allowance for unemployment. Of these, 5,993 were men and 3,309 were women. The unemployment rate for men (1.6%) was higher than for women (0.9%).   

Within the districts, the highest claimant rate for JSA was in Burnley (2%). In another five districts the rates were above or equal to the county council average. These were Hyndburn, Lancaster, Preston, Rossendale and Pendle.

The unemployment rate was particularly high in Blackpool (3.1%) and also high in Blackburn with Darwen (2.2%). In Blackpool although the rate was high for both sexes, it was particularly high for men (4.2%). In the last year the rate has fallen by more than third in both Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool. In the last month the rate fell in both Blackburn with Darwen (by 4.4%) and, more notably, in Blackpool by almost 10%.

From February 2015 Universal Credit was rolled out to all Jobcentres across the country. It is being introduced in stages but from this date some people who would previously have been Jobseekers Allowance claimants will now be claiming Universal Credit. This will impact upon the monthly claimant numbers and rates and will also affect the monthly and yearly change patterns. Universal Credit claimant numbers for Lancashire are available for April 2015.   

In the past year, the unemployment rate in wider Lancashire and the county council area has fallen by more than two fifths. In all districts there was a decrease of at least a third. In West Lancashire and South Ribble it fell by more than half. Numerically, the fall in Preston was greatest, at 1,207 people. 

In the last month the unemployment rate across wider Lancashire fell by 5.9% and in the county council area by 5%. Across the region the fall was 4.9%. Across the county, the rate decreased in all districts. The decrease was highest in Wyre (9.8%) and Fylde (8.3%).

March 2015

Claimant count for districts, unitaries, Lancashire and larger areas (April 2015) 

 

 

 

 

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The claimant count data has also been mapped, for local authority areas across Lancashire.

 

 

 

Official unemployment figures for Lancashire, districts and unitary authorities

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Official unemployment & labour market statistics for Lancashire sub-regions (year ending June 2014) 

Official model-based estimates of unemployment for districts and unitaries (year ending December 2013) 

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