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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 November 2014 to January 2015 and the narrower claimant count data for February 2015. Reports for previous months are still available.

Official unemployment for the North West and United Kingdom for three months November 2014 to January 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

1,856,000

5.7

-102,000

-5.2

-0.3

-479,000

-20.5

-1.5

North West

219,000

6.2

-2,000

-0.9

-0.1

-62,000

-22.0

-1.9

Men

United Kingdom

1,024,000

5.9

-67,000

-6.2

-0.4

-264,000

-20.5

-1.5

North West

115,000

6.1

-11,000

-8.5

-0.6

-50,000

-30.4

-2.9

Women

United Kingdom

831,000

5.4

-34,000

-4.0

-0.2

-216,000

-20.6

-1.5

North West

103,000

6.3

9,000

9.2

0.5

-11,000

-9.8

-0.8

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 5.7% for the three months ending January 2015. In the North West the rate was a little higher, at 6.2%. The rate for men in the UK was 5.9%, the North West rate for men was very similar at 6.1%. The gap between the UK and North West rates for women was wider as the respective rates were 5.4% and 6.3%.  

In the last quarter, the official unemployment rates fell by 5.2% in the UK. The decrease for men of 6.2% was higher than that for women (4%).

In the last quarter the decrease in the North West was marginal (-0.9%). However there was a huge contrast between the changes for men and women. For men there was a strong decrease of 8.5% but for women there was a strong increase of 9.2%.

Over the last year official unemployment has been falling both across the UK (by 20.5%) and the North West (22%). Across the UK rates decreased by almost identical amounts for both men and women (20.5% and 20.6%). Across the North West the decreases for men was significant at 30.4%, whereas for women it was less than 10%.

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

 

 

 

 

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

 
People aged 16 - 64
 
Males
Females
Total
Yearly change
Monthly change
 
Count
%
Count
%
Count
%
Count
%
Count
Burnley
788
2.9
465
1.7
1,253
2.3
-823
-39.6
-47
-3.6
Chorley
505
1.4
258
0.7
763
1.1
-635
-45.4
-57
-7.0
Fylde
353
1.6
220
1.0
573
1.3
-399
-41.0
-22
-3.7
Hyndburn
548
2.2
325
1.3
873
1.8
-621
-41.6
0
0.0
Lancaster
1,039
2.3
508
1.1
1,547
1.7
-815
-34.5
-54
-3.4
Pendle
538
1.9
308
1.1
846
1.5
-732
-46.4
-26
-3.0
Preston
984
2.1
536
1.2
1,520
1.6
-1,180
-43.7
-19
-1.2
Ribble Valley
133
0.8
71
0.4
204
0.6
-161
-44.1
-27
-11.7
Rossendale
457
2.1
250
1.1
707
1.6
-377
-34.8
-33
-4.5
South Ribble
361
1.1
247
0.7
608
0.9
-578
-48.7
-21
-3.3
West Lancashire
555
1.6
284
0.8
839
1.2
-974
-53.7
6
0.7
Wyre
542
1.7
269
0.8
811
1.3
-553
-40.5
-49
-5.7
Lancashire (12 districts)
6,803
1.9
3,741
1.0
10,544
1.4
-7,848
-42.7
-349
-3.2
Blackburn w Darwen
1,515
3.2
756
1.6
2,271
2.4
-1,186
-34.3
-86
-3.6
Blackpool
2,163
4.9
1,084
2.5
3,247
3.7
-1,853
-36.3
-237
-6.8
Lancashire (14 authorities)
10,481
2.3
5,581
1.2
16,062
1.7
-10,887
-40.4
-672
-4.0
North West
55,617
2.5
31,308
1.4
86,925
1.9
-66,528
-43.4
-1,963
-2.2
Great Britain
522,446
2.6
288,161
1.4
810,607
2.0
-373,550
-31.5
7,250
0.9
United Kingdom
556,028
2.7
302,316
1.5
858,344
2.1
-385,090
-31.0
5,410
0.6

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 1.7%. 16,062 people were claiming Job Seekers Allowance for unemployment. Of these, 10,481 were men and 5,581 were women. The unemployment rate for men (2.3%) was higher than for women (1.2%).    

The rate within the county council area was slightly lower, at just 1%. 10,544 people were claiming Job Seekers Allowance for unemployment. Of these, 6,803 were men and 3,741 were women. The unemployment rate for men (1.9%) was higher than for women (1%).   

Within the districts, the highest claimant rate for JSA was in Burnley (2.3%). In another five districts the rates were above the county council average. These were Hyndburn, Lancaster, Preston, Rossendale and Pendle.

The unemployment rate was particularly high in Blackpool (3.7%) and also high in Blackburn with Darwen (2.4%). In Blackpool although the rate was high for both sexes, it was particularly high for men (4.9%). 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 3.6%) and, more notably, in Blackpool by 6.8% (237 people).

In the past year, the unemployment rate in wider Lancashire has fallen by two fifths and in the county council area it was just a over this benchmark. In all districts there was a decrease of at least a third. It was highest in West Lancashire, where it fell by more than half. Numerically, the fall in Preston was highest, at 1,180 people. It was also high in West Lancashire at 974 people.  

In the last month the unemployment rate across wider Lancashire fell by 4% and in the county council area by 3.2%. Across the region it fell by less than this (2.2%). Across the county, the rate was static in Hyndburn and West Lancashire. In all other districts it decreased. The decrease was highest in Ribble Valley at almost 12% (27 people) and also in Chorley at 7% (57 people). In Wyre and Rossendale it fell by between 4% and 6% and by between 3% and 4% in Burnley, Fylde, Lancaster, Pendle and South Ribble. The decrease in Preston was 1.2%.

 

 

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 have been published. 

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

 

 

 

 

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The claimant count data has also been mapped, for this month and previous months, for Lancashire and larger areas.

 

 

 

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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