Unemployment: the key UK data and benefit claimants for every …

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The latest unemployment statistics from the ONS show that the number of jobless people rose by 15,000 in the first quarter of the year. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

The number of unemployed in the UK rose by 15,0001 in the first quarter of the year with the total unemployment rate jumping up to 7.8%.

The latest release from the Office for National Statistics2 (ONS) also shows that regular pay rose by just 0.8% compared with January to March 2012 – this is the lowest growth rate since comparable records began in 2001. Phillip Inman3 writes today:
Total pay rises, which include bonuses, was even lower than average pay rises, said the Office for National Statistics4, increasing by only 0.4% at a time when inflation remains stubbornly high at 2.8%. So how is it changing?

Scroll down the page to see full details on youth unemployment, claimant count where you live and public sector jobs.

Total unemployment

The jobless total stands at 2.52m, up 15,000 from October to December 2012. The UK unemployment rate was 7.8%, up up 0.1 percentage
points from October to December 2012. Although the unemployment rate has remained fairly steady, it is still considerably higher than the lows of 4.7% seen in late 2004 and early 2005.

Public sector employment

Public sector jobs are at 5.72m according to the latest release.

19.2% of the UK workforce is in the public sector. The number of people employed in the public sector fell by 313,000 and the number of people employed in the private sector increased by 904,000 between December 2011 and December 2012. The ONS state5 that ‘these large annual movements reflect the reclassification of some educational bodies from the public sector to the private sector.’

Youth unemployment

Unemployment among the under-25s has remained below 1m and has decreased by 17,000 from October to December 2012.

The jobless rate among 16 to 24-year-olds was 20.7% for January to March 2013, down 0.1 percentage points from October to December 2012.

Video

The ONS has this great video explaining their labour6 statistics:

Benefit claimants

The ONS says the number claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance last month was 1.52m, down 7,300 from March 2013 and down 67,800 from a year earlier. Our figures, not seasonally adjusted, from NOMIS7, show benefit claimants in each UK parliamentary constituency. We’ve gone for claimants rather than unemployed numbers because although the numbers are lower they are bang up to date and available at a really local level, so you can see exactly what’s happening near where you live.

Constituency breakdown

Birmingham, Ladywood remains the constituency with the highest claimant rate at 10.9% with Belfast West following closely behind at 9.7%.

Some of the other key numbers from this analysis are: Highest % of men claiming benefits8: Belfast West, 14%
Highest % of women: Birmingham Ladywood, 7.1%
Biggest %-point increase over the year: Ynys Mon, 0.5%points
Biggest % change on month: Gordon, up 2.6%
Biggest %-point decrease over the year: Knowsley, down 1% point Download the full data9 and in the second tab you can see our rankings by constituency – with highest rates by men and women and a host of other bits of analysis.

Can you do anything with this data10?

Data summary

Benefit claimants by constituency for April 2013

Click heading to sort table. Download this data11

Constituency

Region

Male %

Women, %

TOTAL

TOTAL, %

TOTAL, % change on yr

TOTAL, % point change on yr

North East

North East

7.4

3.5

90,679

5.4

-3.8

-0.2

Berwick-upon-Tweed

North East

4

2

1,391

3

-1.2

0

Bishop Auckland

North East

7

3.5

2,825

5.2

-2.8

-0.2

Blaydon

North East

5.3

2.6

2,136

3.9

-12.5

-0.6

Blyth Valley

North East

7.1

3.3

2,720

5.2

-4

-0.2

City of Durham

North East

3.5

1.7

1,846

2.7

-9.8

-0.3

Darlington

North East

8.4

3.9

3,381

6.1

-3

-0.2

Easington

North East

8.6

4.1

3,355

6.3

2.5

0.1

Gateshead

North East

8.9

4.3

References

  1. ^ number of unemployed in the UK rose by 15,000 (www.guardian.co.uk)
  2. ^ Office for National Statistics (www.ons.gov.uk)
  3. ^ Phillip Inman (www.guardian.co.uk)
  4. ^ More from guardian.co.uk on Office for National Statistics (www.theguardian.com)
  5. ^ ONS state (www.ons.gov.uk)
  6. ^ More from guardian.co.uk on Labour (www.theguardian.com)
  7. ^ NOMIS (www.nomisweb.co.uk)
  8. ^ More from guardian.co.uk on Benefits (www.theguardian.com)
  9. ^ full data (www.theguardian.com)
  10. ^ data (www.theguardian.com)
  11. ^ Download this data (www.theguardian.com)

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