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Jobseekers Allowance claiming trends

17 September 2014

What is it? The Jobseekers Allowance claimant count is a key indicator of worklessness levels within the district. The claimant count is published monthly by the Office for National Statistics and a number of statistics are copied onto the Wakefield Observatory within a day or so of the ONS release. (The less frequently used claimant count statistics are updated quarterly). The data is available to view in a table, on a map, or in an area profile showing graphs of how the claimant count rate has changed over time - at a range of geographic scales (including wards and seven areas).

Example statistic: In August 2014 2.7% of the working age population (5,570 people) were claiming Jobseekers Allowance. This is 3,024 fewer people than 12 months ago, representing a reduction of 35.2%.

Where to find it: The tables and maps are available at Statistics ... Economy.

The area profile (with graphs of change over time) is available at Profiles ... Economy.