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Unemployment figures are published monthly, most recently on 16 July 2014.

Reports for previous months for Lancashire are still available.

The remaining release dates for the rest of 2014 are 13 August, 17 September, 15 October, 12 November and 17 December.  

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Unemployment


Monthly Unemployment Headline Data

Our monthly digest contains the latest official unemployment figures for the UK and North West region and the narrower claimant count measure of Jobseeker's Allowance for Lancashire, its districts, unitaries and wards, and larger areas. You'll find here all the numbers you hear in the news.

This month's instalment has official unemployment figures for the three months March to May 2014 and the narrower claimant count data for June 2014. Reports for previous months are still available.

Official unemployment for the North West and United Kingdom for three months March to May 2014

 
People aged 16 or over and economically active, seasonally adjusted
Unemployment
Quarterly change
Yearly change
Number
Rate (%)
Number
Rate (%)
In rate ±
Number
Rate (%)
In rate ±
All people
United Kingdom
 2,122,000
6.5 
-121,000
-5.4 
-0.4 
-383,000
 -15.3
-1.3 
North West
253,000
7.3 
-10,000
-3.9 
-0.3 
-17,000
-6.2 
-0.5 
Men
United Kingdom
1,666,000
6.6 
-95,000
-7.6 
-0.6 
-263,000
-18.4 
-1.6 
North West
149,000
8.0 
-8,000
-5.3 
-0.5 
-11,000
-7.0 
-0.6 
Women
United Kingdom
956,000
6.3 
-25,000 
-2.6 
-0.2 
-120,000 
-11.2 
-0.9 
North West
104,000 
 6.5  -2,000  -1.9
-0.1 
 -5,000  -5.0
-0.4 
Numbers are rounded to the nearest thousand.
Source Office for National Statistics – Labour Force Survey – Statistical Bulletin Labour Market Statistics for the United Kingdom and the North West of England

Key points from official unemployment

The official unemployment rate for all people aged 16 and over in the United Kingdom (UK) was 6.5% for the three months ending May 2014. In the North West the rate was higher, at 7.3%. The rate for men in the UK was 6.6% and again, it was higher in the North West at 8%. The rate for women in the North West, at 6.5%, was also higher than the UK rate of 6.3%, but the gap was much narrower than the gap in the rates for men.   

In the last quarter, the official unemployment rates fell by 5.4% in the UK. The decrease for men was 7.6% and much lower for women, at 2.6%. This pattern of falling unemployment continues the trend from the quarterly change figures published last month (when it was 6.9%). The decrease this quarter for women (2.6%) was noticeably smaller than that published last month (7.8%).       

The change in the last quarter in the North West was a decrease, albeit smaller than that seen across the UK as a whole, of 3.9%. The quarterly change decrease for men in the North West was 5.3% and in line with the UK pattern was much lower for women at 1.9%.   

Over the last year official unemployment has been falling both across the UK (by 15.3%) and the North West (by a much lower rate of 6.2%). In the UK the fall was 18.4% for men and lower for women (11.2%). Across the North West over the last year the decrease for men was 7% and 5% for women.

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Official unemployment for the North West and United Kingdom to May 2014

 

 

 

 

Claimant count for districts, unitaries, Lancashire and larger areas (June 2014)   

 

 
People aged 16 - 64
Males
Females
Total
Yearly change
Monthly change
Count
%
Count
%
Count
%
Count
%
Count
%
 
Burnley
1,139
4.2
658
2.4
1,797
3.3
-778
-30.2
-93
-4.9
Chorley
688
1.9
368
1.1
1,056
1.5
-653
-38.2
-114
-9.7
Fylde
452
2.0
236
1.1
688
1.5
-301
-30.4
-67
-8.9
Hyndburn
741
2.9
415
1.6
1,156
2.3
-616
-34.8
-129
-10.0
Lancaster
1,289
2.9
623
1.4
1,912
2.1
-715
-27.2
-135
-6.6
Pendle
825
3.0
480
1.7
1,305
2.3
-568
-30.3
-78
-5.6
Preston
1,541
3.2
769
1.7
2,310
2.5
-888
-27.8
-176
-7.1
Ribble Valley
159
0.9
86
0.5
245
0.7
-144
-37.0
-53
-17.8
Rossendale
638
2.9
342
1.5
980
2.2
-374
-27.6
-76
-7.2
South Ribble
609
1.8
350
1.0
959
1.4
-450
-31.9
-118
-11.0
West Lancashire
867
2.6
444
1.3
1,311
1.9
-745
-36.2
-152
-10.4
Wyre
697
2.2
303
0.9
1,000
1.6
-454
-31.2
-134
-11.8
Lancashire (12 districts)
9,645
2.6
5,074
1.4
14,719
2.0
-6,686
-31.2
-1,325
-8.3
Blackburn w Darwen
1,912
4.1
1,020
2.2
2,932
3.1
-1,146
-28.1
-234
-7.4
Blackpool
2,610
5.9
1,239
2.8
3,849
4.4
-1,455
-27.4
-322
-7.7
Lancashire (14 authorities)
14,167
3.1
7,333
1.6
21,500
2.3
-9,287
-30.2
-1,881
-8.0
North West
80,645
3.6
43,040
1.9
123,685
2.7
-57,677
-31.8
-9,293
-7.0
Great Britain
617,913
3.1
349,485
1.8
967,398
2.4
-410,603
-29.8
-67,856
-6.6
United Kingdom
654,815
3.2
365,475
1.8
1,020,290
2.5
-419,492
-29.1
-69,686
-6.4

Key points from claimant count unemployment 

The claimant count rate of unemployment for all claimants in wider Lancashire was 2.3%. 21,500 people were claiming Job Seekers Allowance for unemployment. Of these, 14,167 were men and 7,333 were women. The unemployment rate for men (3.1%) was higher than for women (1.6%).    

The rate within the county council area was slightly lower, at 2.0%. 14,719 people were claiming Job Seekers Allowance for unemployment. Of these, 9,645 were men and 5,074 were women. The unemployment rate for men (2.6%) was higher than for women (1.4%).   

Within the districts, the highest claimant rate for JSA by far was in Burnley (3.3%). In another five districts the rates were equal to or above the county council average. These were Preston, Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale and Lancaster.

The unemployment rate was particularly high in Blackpool (4.4%) and also high in Blackburn with Darwen (3.1%). In Blackpool although the rate was high for both sexes it was particularly high for men (being around twice the rate for men in many other districts). In the last year the rate has fallen by more than a quarter in both Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool. Encouragingly, in the last month the number of people unemployed in Blackpool fell by 322 people (7.7%), which may be in part attributable to the tourism season but a similar fall was observed in Blackburn with Darwen (234 people or 7.4%.

In the past year, the unemployment rate in both wider Lancashire and the county council area has fallen by well over a quarter (30.2% and 31.2%). Rates of decrease across the districts were between 27 and 38%. The drops in the claimant count rates were over a third in Chorley, Ribble Valley, West Lancashire and Hyndburn. Numerically the falls were greatest in Preston (888), Burnley, West Lancashire and Lancaster (over 700 in each).

In the last month the unemployment rate fell in wider Lancashire and the county council area by over 8%. The rate fell in all Lancasire local authority areas, most notably in Ribble Valley (17.8%), Wyre (11.8%) and South Ribble (11%). In all districts the fall in the number of people claiming JSA in the last month was by a minimum of 50 people, with a high of 176 in Preston.    

Monthly graph

Claimant count for districts, unitaries, Lancashire and larger areas (June 2014)

 

 

 

 

unemp map

The claimant count data has also been mapped, for this month and previous months, for Lancashire local authorities and wards. 

Official unemployment figures for Lancashire, districts and unitary authorities

This unemployment information is updated periodically. If there's something you'd like to see here, please email us

Official unemployment & labour market overview for Lancashire and Lancashire sub-regions (year ending December 2013) 

Official model-based estimates of unemployment for districts and unitaries (year ending September 2013)

NOMIS

Labour market profiles at the National Online Manpower Information Service. These are external links and we have no control over their content.

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