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

Official unemployment for the North West and United Kingdom for three months September/November 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

1,914,000

5.8

-58,000

-2.9

-0.2

-418,000

-17.9

-1.3

North West

229,000

6.5

-4,000

-1.8

-0.1

-41,000

-15.3

-1.3

Men

United Kingdom

1,069,000

6.1

-26,000

-2.4

-0.1

-244,000

-18.6

-1.4

North West

135,000

7.3

0

0.3

0

-19,000

-12.6

-1.1

Women

United Kingdom

845,000

5.5

-31,000

-3.6

-0.2

-175,000

-17.1

-1.2

North West

94,000

5.7

-4,000

-4.6

-0.3

-22,000

-18.9

-1.4

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 5.8% for the three months ending November 2014. In the North West the rate was a little higher, at 6.5%. The rate for men in the UK was 6.1% and again, it was higher in the North West at 7.3%. The rate for women in the North West, at 5.7%, was very close to the UK rate of 5.5%.

In the last quarter, the official unemployment rates fell by 2.9% in the UK. The decrease for men was 2.4%. It was higher for women, at 3.6%.

The decrease in the last quarter in the North West (of 1.8%) was lower than that across the UK. This is a change to recent patterns, when the North West decrease has been twice that across the UK. The quarterly change rate, in fact, rose a little for men in the North West, in contrast to the fall across the UK. For women in the North West, the quarterly decrease of 4.6% was just above that across the UK. This is a much lower difference to recent patterns when the decrease across the region was well above that of the UK.

Over the last year official unemployment has been falling both across the UK (by 17.9%) and the North West (15%). Across the UK rates decreased by similar amounts for both men (18.6%) and women (17.1%). Across the North West the decrease for men of was 12.6% (lower than that for the UK) and 18.9% for women.

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

 

 

 

 

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

 
People aged 16 - 64
 
Males
Females
Total
Yearly change
Monthly change
 
Count
%
Count
%
Count
%
Count
%
Count
%
 
Burnley
775
2.9
492
1.8
1,267
2.3
-785
-38.3
-24
-1.9
Chorley
535
1.5
276
0.8
811
1.2
-504
-38.3
-69
-7.8
Fylde
372
1.7
222
1.0
594
1.3
-366
-38.1
-7
-1.2
Hyndburn
537
2.2
307
1.2
844
1.7
-568
-40.2
-29
-3.3
Lancaster
1,123
2.5
529
1.2
1,652
1.8
-696
-29.6
3
0.2
Pendle
549
2.0
324
1.1
873
1.6
-639
-42.3
-57
-6.1
Preston
967
2.0
558
1.2
1,525
1.6
-1,103
-42.0
-107
-6.6
Ribble Valley
144
0.8
84
0.5
228
0.7
-129
-36.1
-16
-6.6
Rossendale
450
2.1
285
1.3
735
1.7
-333
-31.2
4
0.5
South Ribble
358
1.1
239
0.7
597
0.9
-513
-46.2
-60
-9.1
West Lancashire
534
1.6
271
0.8
805
1.2
-925
-53.5
-1
-0.1
Wyre
612
2.0
281
0.9
893
1.4
-425
-32.2
-20
-2.2
Lancashire (12 districts)
6,956
1.9
3,868
1.0
10,824
1.5
-6,986
-39.2
-383
-3.4
Blackburn w Darwen
1,518
3.2
791
1.7
2,309
2.5
-1,055
-31.4
-177
-7.1
Blackpool
2,401
5.5
1,174
2.7
3,575
4.1
-1,344
-27.3
179
5.3
Lancashire (14 authorities)
10,875
2.4
5,833
1.3
16,708
1.8
-9,385
-36.0
-381
-2.2
North West
56,536
2.5
31,940
1.4
88,476
2.0
-61,370
-41.0
-4,990
-5.3
Great Britain
494,432
2.5
280,384
1.4
774,816
1.9
-368,597
-32.2
-23,250
-2.9
United Kingdom
528,986
2.6
294,894
1.4
823,880
2.0
-377,632
-31.4
-24,205
-2.9

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%. 16,708 people were claiming Job Seekers Allowance for unemployment. Of these, 10,875 were men and 5,833 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%. 10,824 people were claiming Job Seekers Allowance for unemployment. Of these, 6,956 were men and 3,868 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, Pendle, Preston and Rossendale.

The unemployment rate was particularly high in Blackpool (4.1%) 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 (5.5%). 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 a rather substantial 7.1% in Blackburn with Darwen. In contrast it rose in Blackpool by a substantial 5.3% (179 people).

In the past year, the unemployment rate in both wider Lancashire and the county council area has fallen by more than a third (36% and 39.2%). Rates of decrease across the districts varied, from less than a third (29.6%) in Lancaster to more than half (53.5%) in West Lancashire. Numerically, the fall in Preston was highest, at 1,103 people. It was also high in West Lancashire at 925 people.   

In last month the unemployment rate fell in wider Lancashire (by 2.2%) and the county council area (by 3.4%). These are smaller monthly decreases than happened between October and November 2014 and they are no longer greater than the regional decrease (5.3%). Across the county, unemployment was more or less static in Lancaster, Rossendale and West Lancashire. It fell in all other districts, most notably in South Ribble (9.1%) and Chorley (by 7.8%). The greatest decrease in the number of people was in Preston (107 people).

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

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