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Unemployment figures are published monthly, most recently on 13 August 2014.

Reports for previous months for Lancashire are still available.

The remaining release dates for the rest of 2014 are 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 April to June 2014 and the narrower claimant count data for July 2014. Reports for previous months are still available.

Official unemployment for the North West and United Kingdom for three months April to June 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
 2,077,000
6.4 
-132,000
-6.0 
-0.4 
-437,000
 -17.4
-1.4 
North West
243,000
7.0 
-23,000
-8.5 
-0.6 
-41,000
-14.5 
-1.2 
Men
United Kingdom
1,151,000
6.6 
-95,000
-7.6 
-0.6 
-263,000
-18.4 
-1.6 
North West
142,000
7.7 
-15,000
-9.8 
-0.8 
-28,000
-16.4 
-1.5 
Women
United Kingdom
926,000
6.1 
-46,000 
-4.8 
-0.3 
-143,000 
-13.4 
-1.0 
North West
101,000 
 6.3  -7,000  -6.7
-0.4 
 -13,000  -11.5
-0.9 
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 6.4% for the three months ending June 2014. In the North West the rate was higher, at 7%. The rate for men in the UK was 6.6% and again, it was higher in the North West at 7.7%. The rate for women in the North West, at 6.3%, was also higher than the UK rate of 6.1%, but the gap was much narrower than the gap in the rates for men.   

In the last quarter, the official unemployment rates fell by 6% in the UK. The decrease for men was 6.9% and lower for women, at 4.8%. This pattern of falling unemployment continues the trend from the quarterly change figures published last month (when it was 5.4%).

The decrease in the last quarter in the North West (of 8.5%) was greater than the UK decrease. This was true for both sexes, with a North West decrease for men of 9.8% and 6.7% for women.   

Over the last year official unemployment has been falling both across the UK (by 17.4%) and the North West 14.5%). In the UK the fall was just over a fifth for men and lower for women (13.4%). Across the North West over the last year the decrease for men was 16.4% and 11.5% for women.

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

 

 

 

 

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

 
People aged 16 - 64
Males
Females
Total
Yearly change
Monthly change
Count
%
Count
%
Count
%
Count
%
Count
Burnley
1,104
4.1
666
2.4
1,770
3.3
-802
-31.2
-27
-1.5
Chorley
686
1.9
387
1.1
1,073
1.5
-592
-35.6
17
1.6
Fylde
433
1.9
237
1.1
670
1.5
-344
-33.9
-18
-2.6
Hyndburn
778
3.1
410
1.6
1,188
2.4
-554
-31.8
32
2.8
Lancaster
1,242
2.8
630
1.4
1,872
2.1
-717
-27.7
-40
-2.1
Pendle
798
2.9
462
1.6
1,260
2.2
-592
-32.0
-45
-3.4
Preston
1,534
3.2
765
1.7
2,299
2.5
-896
-28.0
-11
-0.5
Ribble Valley
159
0.9
106
0.6
265
0.8
-136
-33.9
20
8.2
Rossendale
601
2.8
297
1.3
898
2.1
-419
-31.8
-82
-8.4
South Ribble
605
1.8
351
1.0
956
1.4
-443
-31.7
-3
-0.3
West Lancashire
804
2.4
444
1.3
1,248
1.8
-772
-38.2
-63
-4.8
Wyre
658
2.1
302
0.9
960
1.5
-456
-32.2
-40
-4.0
Lancashire (12 districts)
9,402
2.6
5,057
1.4
14,459
2.0
-6,723
-31.7
-260
-1.8
Blackburn w Darwen
1,872
4.0
1,021
2.2
2,893
3.1
-1,222
-29.7
-39
-1.3
Blackpool
2,515
5.7
1,203
2.7
3,718
4.2
-1,410
-27.5
-131
-3.4
Lancashire (14 authorities)
13,789
3.0
7,281
1.6
21,070
2.3
-9,355
-30.7
-430
-2.0
North West
76,742
3.4
42,177
1.9
118,919
2.6
-60,799
-33.8
-4,766
-3.9
Great Britain
596,468
3.0
346,739
1.7
943,207
2.4
-412,801
-30.4
-24,191
-2.5
United Kingdom
632,810
3.1
363,025
1.8
995,835
2.4
-422,839
-29.8
-24,455
-2.4
Note: This month the resident population figures, used to calculate rates for local authorities, have been updated with new estimates using 2013 data. Rates are therefore not directly comparable with those for previous months.   

Key points from claimant count unemployment 

The claimant count rate of unemployment for all claimants in wider Lancashire was 2.3%. 21,070 people were claiming Job Seekers Allowance for unemployment. Of these, 13,789 were men and 7,281 were women. The unemployment rate for men (3%) was higher than for women (1.6%).    

The rate within the county council area was slightly lower, at 2%. 14,459 people were claiming Job Seekers Allowance for unemployment. Of these, 9,402 were men and 5,057 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 four districts the rates were equal to or above the county council average. These were Preston, Hyndburn, Pendle and Lancaster.

The unemployment rate was particularly high in Blackpool (4.2%) 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. In the last month the rate has fallen by just 1.3% in Blackburn with Darwen but by a reasonable 3.4% in Blackpool.  

In the past year, the unemployment rate in both wider Lancashire and the county council area has fallen by well over a quarter (30.7% and 31.7%). Rates of decrease across the districts were between 27.7% (in Lancaster) and 38.2% (in West Lancashire). The annual drops in the claimant count rates were over a third in Chorley, Ribble Valley and Fylde. Numerically the falls were greatest in Preston (896), Burnley (802), West Lancashire and Lancaster (over 700 in each). 

In the last month the unemployment rate fell in wider Lancashire (by 2%) and the county council area (by 1.8%), rates that were a little lower than the UK average. Within the districts there was a mixed picture. In Ribble Valley the rate rose by 8% (but this was only 20 people), and it also rose in Hyndburn and Chorley, but numbers again were relatively small. The rate fell most in Rossendale (by 8.4%, 82 people). In Wyre, West Lancashire and Pendle it fell by between 3% and 5% (40, 63 and 45 people respectively). 

Note, the change this month to resident population estimates, updated to 2013 data, that are used to calculate rates for local authorities' means that rates are not directly comparable with those for previous months.   

July 14

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

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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