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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 February 2015 to April 2015 and the narrower claimant count data for May 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

1,183,000

5.5

-43,000

-2.3

-0.1

-349,000

-16.1

-1.1

North West

203,000

5.7

-16,000

-7.3

-0.5

-59,000

-22.6

-1.8

Men

United Kingdom

1,002,000

5.7

-23,000

-2.2

-0.1

-201,000

-16.7

-1.1

North West

119,000

6.3

4,000

3.0

0.2

-32,000

-21.4

-1.8

Women

United Kingdom

811,000

5.3

-20,000

-2.4

-0.1

-148,000

-15.5

-1.0

North West

84,000

5.1

-19,000

-18.8

-1.2

-27,000

-24.2

-1.7

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 April 2015. In the North West the rate was 5.7%. Across the UK the rate for men was 5.7% but it was a little higher in the North West, at 6.3%. At 5.3% and 5.1% the rates for women in the UK and North West were similar.   (21.4%). 

In the last quarter, the official unemployment rate fell by 2.3% in the UK. The decrease was much the same for men (2.2%) and women (2.4%).

In contrast, in the North West in the last quarter, the decrease was higher than in the UK (7.3%) and trends were very different for men and women. For men there was an increase of 3% whilst for women the rate fell by 18.8%.

Over the last year official unemployment has been falling both across the UK (by 16.1%) and the North West (22.6%). Across the UK rates decreased by similar amounts for both men and women (16.7% and 15.5%). Across the North West the decrease for women was a little higher (24.2%) than for men 

Of reg

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

 

 

 

 

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

 
People aged 16 - 64
Males
Females
Total
Yearly change
Monthly change
Count
%
Count
%
Count
%
Count
%
Count
Burnley
645
2.4
405
1.5
1,050
1.9
-840
-44.4
-61
-5.5
Chorley
436
1.2
243
0.7
679
1.0
-491
-42.0
-14
-2.0
Fylde
264
1.2
170
0.8
434
1.0
-321
-42.5
-52
-10.7
Hyndburn
488
2.0
311
1.2
799
1.6
-486
-37.8
-17
-2.1
Lancaster
850
1.9
405
0.9
1,255
1.4
-792
-38.7
-49
-3.8
Pendle
456
1.6
276
1.0
732
1.3
-651
-47.1
-20
-2.7
Preston
868
1.8
464
1.0
1,332
1.4
-1,154
-46.4
-56
-4.0
Ribble Valley
115
0.7
59
0.3
174
0.5
-124
-41.6
-5
-2.8
Rossendale
379
1.8
216
1.0
595
1.4
-461
-43.7
-52
-8.0
South Ribble
268
0.8
213
0.6
481
0.7
-596
-55.3
-64
-11.7
West Lancashire
445
1.3
253
0.7
698
1.0
-765
-52.3
-30
-4.1
Wyre
402
1.3
199
0.6
601
1.0
-533
-47.0
-52
-8.0
Lancashire (12 districts)
5,616
1.5
3,214
0.9
8,830
1.2
-7,214
-45.0
-472
-5.1
Blackburn w Darwen
1,300
2.8
709
1.5
2,009
2.2
-1,157
-36.5
-39
-1.9
Blackpool
1,740
4.0
854
1.9
2,594
3.0
-1,577
-37.8
-151
-5.5
Lancashire (14 authorities)
8,656
1.9
4,777
1.0
13,433
1.5
-9,948
-42.5
-662
-4.7
North West
47,587
2.1
26,724
1.2
74,311
1.6
-58,667
-44.1
-3,905
-5.0
Great Britain
460,948
2.3
258,205
1.3
719,153
1.8
-316,101
-30.5
-32,642
-4.3
United Kingdom
490,896
2.4
271,066
1.3
761,962
1.9
-328,014
-30.1
-34,005
-4.3

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%. 13,433 people were claiming Job Seekers Allowance for unemployment. Of these, 8,656 were men and 4,777 were women. The unemployment rate for men (1.9%) was higher than for women (1%).   

The rate within the county council area was slightly lower, at just 1.2%. 8,830 people were claiming Job Seekers Allowance for unemployment. Of these, 5,616 were men and 3,214 were women. The unemployment rate for men (1.5%) was higher than for women (0.9%).   

Within the districts, the highest claimant rate for JSA was in Burnley (1.9%). 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%) 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%). 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 1.9%) and in Blackpool by 5.5%.

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. Across the county in May 2015 there were over 4,000 claimants of Universal Credit who were not in employment. This will be having an impact upon the monthly claimant numbers and rates and will also affect the monthly and yearly change patterns. More detail on Universal Credit claimant numbers for Lancashire are available from the start of 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 1,154 people.

In the last month the unemployment rate across wider Lancashire fell by 4.7% and in the county council area by 5.1%. This was similar to the fall across the region. Across the county, the rate decreased in all districts. The decrease was highest in South Ribble (11.7%) and Fylde (10.7%) 

March 2015

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

 

 

 

 

unemp map

 

The claimant count data has also been mapped, for local authority areas and for wards 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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