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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 August to October 2014 and the narrower claimant count data for November 2014. Reports for previous months are still available.

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

1,958,000

6.0

-63,000

-3.1

-0.2

-455,000

-18.8

-1.4

North West

221,000

6.3

-18,000

-7.5

-0.5

-39,000

-15.0

-1.2

Men

United Kingdom

1,092,000

6.2

-32,000

-2.8

-0.2

-263,000

-19.4

-1.5

North West

126,000

6.7

-10,000

-7.5

-0.7

-20,000

-13.9

-1.2

Women

United Kingdom

866,000

5.7

-31,000

-3.5

-0.2

-192,000

-18.1

-1.3

North West

95,000

5.8

-8,000

-7.5

-0.4

-19,000

-16.4

-1.2

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 6% for the three months ending October 2014. In the North West the rate was a little higher, at 6.3%. The rate for men in the UK was 6.2% and again, it was higher in the North West at 6.7%. The rate for women in the North West, at 5.8%, was very close to the UK rate of 5.7%.

In the last quarter, the official unemployment rates fell by 3.1% in the UK. The decrease for men was 2.8%. It was slightly higher for women, at 3.5%.

The decrease in the last quarter in the North West (of 7.5%) was more than twice that across the UK. The rate of decrease was identical for men and women in the North West, therefore for both sexes the decrease was well above the respective UK rates.

Over the last year official unemployment has been falling both across the UK (by 18.8%) and the North West (15.0%). Across the UK rates decreased by similar amounts for both men (19.4%) and women (18.1%). Across the North West the decrease for men was 13.9% and a little higher for women (16.4%).  

 

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

 

 

 

 

Claimant count for districts, unitaries, Lancashire and larger areas (November 2014) 

 

People aged 16 - 64

Males

Females

Total

Yearly change

Monthly change

Count

%

Count

%

Count

%

Count

%

Count

 

%

 

Burnley

789

2.9

502

1.8

1,291

2.4

-759

-37.0

-139

-9.7

Chorley

583

1.6

297

0.9

880

1.3

-451

-33.9

-36

-3.9

Fylde

384

1.7

217

1.0

601

1.3

-324

-35.0

18

3.1

Hyndburn

543

2.2

330

1.3

873

1.8

-536

-38.0

-132

-13.1

Lancaster

1,111

2.5

538

1.2

1,649

1.8

-674

-29.0

-41

-2.4

Pendle

572

2.1

358

1.3

930

1.7

-625

-40.2

-134

-12.6

Preston

1,059

2.2

573

1.3

1,632

1.7

-1,135

-41.0

-127

-7.2

Ribble Valley

156

0.9

88

0.5

244

0.7

-137

-36.0

-13

-5.1

Rossendale

467

2.2

264

1.2

731

1.7

-399

-35.3

-102

-12.2

South Ribble

404

1.2

253

0.7

657

1.0

-534

-44.8

-43

-6.1

West Lancashire

516

1.5

290

0.8

806

1.2

-928

-53.5

-142

-15.0

Wyre

631

2.0

282

0.9

913

1.4

-391

-30.0

-27

-2.9

Lancashire (12 districts)

7,215

2.0

3,992

1.1

11,207

1.5

-6,893

-38.1

-918

-7.6

Blackburn w Darwen

1,606

3.4

880

1.9

2,486

2.7

-971

-28.1

-128

-4.9

Blackpool

2,261

5.1

1,135

2.6

3,396

3.9

-1,245

-26.8

78

2.4

Lancashire (14 authorities)

11,082

2.4

6,007

1.3

17,089

1.9

-9,109

-34.8

-968

-5.4

North West

59,572

2.6

33,894

1.5

93,466

2.1

-58,940

-38.7

-7,709

-7.6

Great Britain

504,689

2.6

293,377

1.5

798,066

2.0

-366,019

-31.4

-38,307

-4.6

United Kingdom

539,735

2.7

308,350

1.5

848,085

2.1

-374,805

-30.6

-39,686

-4.5

Source: National Online Manpower Information System (NOMIS)

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 1.9%. 17,089 people were claiming Job Seekers Allowance for unemployment. Of these, 11,082 were men and 6,007 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%. 11,207 people were claiming Job Seekers Allowance for unemployment. Of these, 7,215 were men and 3,992 were women. The unemployment rate for men (2%) was higher than for women (1.1%).   

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 (3.9%) and also high in Blackburn with Darwen (2.7%). In Blackpool although the rate was high for both sexes, it was particularly high for men (5.1%). In the last year the rate has fallen by more than a quarter in both Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool. In the last month the rate has fallen by 4.9% in Blackburn with Darwen but it rose in Blackpool by 2.4%. This is most likely due to employment contracts, which were dependent upon the extended tourist season in Blackpool, coming to an end in early November.

In the past year, the unemployment rate in both wider Lancashire and the county council area has fallen by more than a third (34.8% and 38.1%). Rates of decrease across the districts were between 29% (in Lancaster) and 53.5% (in West Lancashire). There was a drop in unemployment of over a third in each district except Wyre. Numerically, the fall in Preston was highest, at 1,135 people. 

In last month the unemployment rate fell in wider Lancashire (by 5.4%) and the county council area (by 7.6%). These rates, and the regional decrease (7.6%) were greater than the UK decrease of 4.5%. Across the county, unemployment fell in all districts except Fylde (where it rose by 3.1%). It fell most in West Lancashire (by 15%). Other district with higher rates of decrease were Hyndburn (by 13.1%) and Pendle and Rossendale (by 12.6% and 12.2% respectively). 

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Claimant count for districts, unitaries, Lancashire and larger areas (November 2014) 

 

 

 

 

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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 overview for Lancashire and Lancashire sub-regions (year ending March 2014) 

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

NOMIS

Labour market profiles at the National Online Manpower Information Service. These are external links and we have no control over their content.

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