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Unemployment - International Comparisons: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, September 11, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02800
Unemployment: International Comparisons: Data on harmonised unemployment rates for major international economies.
Unemployment - National: Key Economic Indicators
Published Tuesday, September 11, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN02797
Data on unemployment in the UK.
People claiming unemployment benefits by constituency, August 2018
Published Tuesday, September 11, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8398
This paper provides figures for the number of people claiming unemployment benefits (the “claimant count”) by parliamentary constituency, as well as a summary of the latest labour market statistics for the UK as a whole. The unemployment rate of 4.0% in May-July 2018 was the joint lowest rate since 1975, while the employment rate remains at a very high level historically and the inactivity rate remains at a very low level. Average weekly pay both including and excluding bonuses grew faster than prices, although the growth in earnings remains relatively weak.
Youth unemployment statistics
Published Tuesday, September 11, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN05871
This paper presents the latest statistics on youth unemployment in the UK as well as comparisons with other EU countries.

Topic: Unemployment

NEET: Young People Not in Education, Employment or Training
Published Friday, August 24, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06705
783,000 people aged 16-24 were Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) in the second quarter of 2018, 11.2% of all people in this age group. This was a decrease of 25,000 from the previous quarter and a slight decrease from the second quarter of 2017.
Unemployment by ethnic background
Published Thursday, August 16, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06385
The unemployment rate is higher for people from a BAME background than from a White background, although the rate varies considerably by ethnic group. This short paper summarises trends in unemployment rates and looks at how rates vary by ethnicity, age and gender.
People claiming unemployment benefits by constituency, July 2018
Published Tuesday, August 14, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8381
This paper provides figures for the number of people claiming unemployment benefits (the “claimant count”) by parliamentary constituency, as well as a summary of the latest labour market statistics for the UK as a whole. The unemployment rate of 4.0% in April-June 2018 was at its lowest level since 1975, while the employment rate remains at a very high level and the inactivity rate was at a very low level. The growth in earnings was relatively weak. Average weekly pay excluding bonuses grew faster than prices, while pay including bonuses grew at a similar rate to prices.
Labour market statistics: UK regions and countries
Published Wednesday, August 1, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7950
This paper gives an overview of labour market statistics across the UK’s regions and countries. The spreadsheet published alongside this paper includes a ‘profile tool’ where you can select a region and see all data for that region presented in tables and charts.
The Troubled Families programme (England)
Published Wednesday, July 18, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7585
This House of Commons Library briefing looks at the design, policy debate, outcomes and results of the Troubled Families programme in England, a targeted family intervention programme run by local authorities.
People claiming unemployment benefits by constituency, June 2018
Published Tuesday, July 17, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8366
This paper provides figures for the number of people claiming unemployment benefits (the “claimant count”) by parliamentary constituency, as well as a summary of the latest labour market statistics for the UK as a whole. The UK employment rate was at a record high of 75.7% in March-May 2018, the inactivity rate was at a joint record low of 21.0% and the unemployment rate was at its joint lowest level since 1975 at 4.2%. Average weekly pay grew slightly faster than prices, both including and excluding bonuses.
Universal Credit roll-out: 2018-19
Published Thursday, June 14, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8299
Universal Credit roll-out was around 11% complete across Great Britain as of December 2017, in terms of the number of households on UC. However, progress varies considerably between constituencies. Almost half of jobseekers are now on UC rather than "legacy" benefits. The majority of households receiving support for rent, children or incapacity are yet to move onto UC. This briefing provides a guide to roll-out of the Full Service in 2018/19 and original HC Library estimates for the progress or UC roll-out by constituency, region and across Great Britain.
People claiming unemployment benefits by constituency, May 2018
Published Tuesday, June 12, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8334
This paper provides figures for the number of people claiming unemployment benefits (the “claimant count”) by parliamentary constituency, as well as a summary of the latest labour market statistics for the UK as a whole.
People claiming unemployment benefits by constituency, April 2018
Published Tuesday, May 15, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8307
This paper provides figures for the number of people claiming unemployment benefits (the “claimant count”) by parliamentary constituency, as well as a summary of the latest labour market statistics for the UK as a whole. The UK employment rate climbed to a new record high of 75.6% in January-March 2018, the inactivity rate fell to a new record low of 21.0% and the unemployment rate was at its lowest level since 1975. Average weekly pay excluding bonuses grew slightly faster than prices for the first time in over a year, although there was slower growth in average pay including bonuses.
People claiming unemployment benefits by constituency, March 2018
Published Tuesday, April 17, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8286
This paper provides figures for the number of people claiming unemployment benefits (the “claimant count”) by parliamentary constituency, as well as a summary of the latest labour market statistics for the UK as a whole. There was a modest increase in employment and a small fall in unemployment over the past quarter. The rate of average earnings growth continued to increase, although annual growth in average earnings remained slightly below CPI inflation.
People claiming unemployment benefits by constituency, February 2018
Published Wednesday, March 21, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8262
This paper provides figures for the number of people claiming unemployment benefits (the “claimant count”) by parliamentary constituency, as well as a summary of the latest labour market statistics for the UK as a whole. There was a large increase in employment in November 2017-January 2018 compared to the previous quarter, although unemployment also increased. Average weekly pay continued to increase more slowly than prices.
People claiming unemployment benefits by constituency, January 2018
Published Wednesday, February 21, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8233
This paper provides figures for the number of people claiming unemployment benefits (the “claimant count”) by parliamentary constituency, as well as a summary of the latest labour market statistics for the UK as a whole.
Criminal Records Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Thursday, February 8, 2018 | Lords Library notes LLN-2018-0021
This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading in the House of Lords of the Criminal Records Bill [HL] on 23 February 2018.
People claiming unemployment benefits by constituency, December 2017
Published Wednesday, January 24, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8209
This paper provides figures for the number of people claiming unemployment benefits (the “claimant count”) by parliamentary constituency, as well as a summary of the latest labour market statistics for the UK as a whole.
Work and Health Programme
Published Monday, January 8, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7845
The Work and Health Programme is an employment support programme which was launched in North West England and Wales in November 2017. The programme will roll out across the rest of England during early 2018. It will provide specialised employment support for people with disabilities and long-term unemployed people.
People claiming unemployment benefits by constituency, November 2017
Published Wednesday, December 13, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8177
This paper provides figures for the number of people claiming unemployment benefits (the “claimant count”) by parliamentary constituency, as well as a summary of the latest labour market statistics for the UK as a whole.

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