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

Official unemployment for the North West and United Kingdom for three months October/December 2014

 

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

1,862,000

5.7

-97,000

-5.0

-0.3

-486,000

-20.7

-1.5

North West

229,000

6.5

11,000

4.9

0.2

-48,000

-17.2

-1.5

Men

United Kingdom

1,039,000

6.0

-47,000

-4.3

-0.3

-281,000

-21.3

-1.6

North West

129,000

6.9

5,000

3.9

0.2

-28,000

-17.8

-1.7

Women

United Kingdom

822,000

5.4

-50,000

-5.7

-0.3

-205,000

-20.0

-1.4

North West

100,000

6.1

6,000

6.2

0.3

-20,000

-16.5

-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 5.7% for the three months ending December 2014. In the North West the rate was a little higher, at 6.5%. The rate for men in the UK was 6% and again, it was higher in the North West at 6.9%. Similarly, the rates for women in the UK was 5.4% and 6.1% in the North West.

In the last quarter, the official unemployment rates fell by 5% in the UK. The decrease for men was 4.3%. For women it was higher, at 5.7%.

In contrast to the decrease across the UK, in the last quarter rates rose in the North West by 4.9%. This is a change to patterns from earlier in 2014, when the North West decreases were often twice that across the UK. The North West quarterly increase for men was 3.9% and 6.2% for women.

Over the last year official unemployment has been falling both across the UK (by 20.7%) and the North West (17.2%). Across both the UK and North West rates decreased by similar amounts for both men and women (UK decreases of 21.3% and 20%. North West decreases of 17.8% and 16.5%).

 

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Official unemployment for the North West and United Kingdom to December 2014

 

 

 

 

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

 
People aged 16 - 64
 
Males
Females
Total
Yearly change
Monthly change
 
Count
%
Count
%
Count
%
Count
%
Count
 %
Burnley
801
3.0
499
1.8
1,300
2.4
-834
-39.1
33
2.6
Chorley
545
1.5
275
0.8
820
1.2
-609
-42.6
9
1.1
Fylde
375
1.7
220
1.0
595
1.3
-392
-39.7
1
0.2
Hyndburn
553
2.2
320
1.3
873
1.8
-627
-41.8
29
3.4
Lancaster
1,084
2.4
517
1.1
1,601
1.8
-813
-33.7
-51
-3.1
Pendle
546
2.0
326
1.2
872
1.6
-688
-44.1
-1
-0.1
Preston
990
2.1
549
1.2
1,539
1.7
-1,154
-42.9
14
0.9
Ribble Valley
140
0.8
91
0.5
231
0.7
-151
-39.5
3
1.3
Rossendale
462
2.1
278
1.3
740
1.7
-393
-34.7
5
0.7
South Ribble
370
1.1
259
0.8
629
0.9
-593
-48.5
32
5.4
West Lancashire
547
1.6
286
0.8
833
1.2
-957
-53.5
28
3.5
Wyre
593
1.9
267
0.8
860
1.4
-517
-37.5
-33
-3.7
Lancashire (12 districts)
7,006
1.9
3,887
1.0
10,893
1.5
-7,728
-41.5
69
0.6
Blackburn w Darwen
1,544
3.3
813
1.8
2,357
2.5
-1,092
-31.7
48
2.1
Blackpool
2,332
5.3
1,152
2.6
3,484
4.0
-1,609
-31.6
-91
-2.5
Lancashire (14 authorities)
10,882
2.4
5,852
1.3
16,734
1.8
-10,429
-38.4
26
0.2
North West
57,018
2.5
31,870
1.4
88,888
2.0
-65,680
-42.5
412
0.5
Great Britain
516,907
2.6
286,450
1.4
803,357
2.0
-379,726
-32.1
28,541
3.7
United Kingdom
551,869
2.7
301,065
1.5
852,934
2.1
-389,978
-31.4
29,054
3.5

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 1.8%. 16,734 people were claiming Job Seekers Allowance for unemployment. Of these, 10,882 were men and 5,852 were women. The unemployment rate for men (2.4%) was higher than for women (1.3%).    

The rate within the county council area was slightly lower, at 1.5%. 10,893 people were claiming Job Seekers Allowance for unemployment. Of these, 7,006 were men and 3,887 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 (2.4%). In another five districts the rates were above the county council average. These were Hyndburn, Lancaster, Pendle, Preston and Rossendale.

The unemployment rate was particularly high in Blackpool (4%) and also high in Blackburn with Darwen (2.5%). In Blackpool although the rate was high for both sexes, it was particularly high for men (5.3%). In the last year the rate has fallen by almost a third in both Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool. In the last month the rate rose by 2.1% in Blackburn with Darwen. In contrast, it fell in Blackpool by 2.5% (91 people).

In the past year, the unemployment rate in wider Lancashire has fallen by just under two fifths and in the county council area it was just 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 1,154 people. It was also high in West Lancashire at 957 people.   

In the last month the unemployment rate across wider Lancashire rose very slightly (by 0.2%) and the county council area (by 0.6%). Across the region it also rose by 0.5%. This is a turnaround in trends as for many months previously the rate has fallen. Across the county, there was a varied picture with falls of 3.1% and 3.7% in Lancaster and Wyre respectively. In four districts it rose between 2.5% and 5.4% (the latter being South Ribble). In the remaining six districts, there was very little change. The greatest decrease in the number of people was in Lancaster (51 people) and the greatest increases were in Burnley and South Ribble (33 and 32 respectively).

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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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