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Unemployment by Constituency: changes in methodology, 2017

Published Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Library publishes data on the number of people claiming unemployment benefits and associated ‘claimant rates’ for parliamentary constituencies in our monthly Unemployment by Constituency briefing paper.

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From January 2017, we have made the following changes to our methodology:

  • We have changed the source we use to extract claimant data. This improves the accuracy of the figures reported but means all figures are rounded to the nearest five.
  • We have also updated the denominators used to calculate constituency claimant rates to take account of the latest constituency population estimates for mid-2015 and to reflect recent trends in economic activity at the national and regional level.

Commons Briefing papers CBP-7869

Author: Feargal McGuinness

Topic: Unemployment

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