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People claiming unemployment benefits by constituency

Published Tuesday, February 18, 2020

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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In the latest quarter, there was an increase in the number of people in employment and a fall in the number of people who were unemployed. The employment rate rose to 76.5% which is the highest rate since comparable records began, and the inactivity rate is at a record low of 20.5%. Average pay continued to grow faster than prices.

Key figures

  • The UK unemployment rate was 3.8% in October-December 2019, the joint lowest rate since 1975.
  • The ILO measure of unemployment was 1.29 million people, 16,000 fewer than the previous quarter and 73,000 fewer than the year before.
  • The number of people in employment was 32.93 million, 180,000 more than the previous quarter and 336,000 more than the year before. The employment rate was 76.5%, the highest rate since comparable records began in 1971.
  • 8.48 million people aged 16-64 were economically inactive, 138,000 fewer than the previous quarter and 155,000 fewer than the year before. The inactivity rate was 20.5%, a record low.
  • The annual growth in average weekly pay for employees in Great Britain slowed to 2.9% from 3.2% last month including bonuses and to 3.2% from 3.4% excluding bonuses.
  • After adjusting for inflation, annual growth in pay is estimated to be 1.4% including bonuses and 1.8% excluding bonuses.

Commons Briefing papers CBP-8748

Authors: Brigid Francis-Devine; Niamh Foley; Andy Powell

Topics: Economic situation, Employment, Pay, Unemployment

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