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Unemployment figures are published monthly, most recently on 15 October 2014.

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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 June to August 2014 and the narrower claimant count data for September 2014. Reports for previous months are still available.

Official unemployment for the North West and United Kingdom for three months June/August 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
 1,972,000
6.0
-154,000
-7.2
-0.4
-538,000
 -21.4
-1.7
North West
233,000
6.7
-18,000
-7.1
-0.5
-68,000
-22.5
-2.0
Men
United Kingdom
1,095,000
6.3
-69,000
-5.9
-0.4
-326,000
-22.9
-1.9
North West
135,000
7.2
-12,000
-8.3
-0.7
-40,000
-22.9
-2.2
Women
United Kingdom
876,000
5.7
-85,000
-8.8
-0.5
-212,000
-19.5
-1.5
North West
99,000
 6.0  -6,000  -5.4
-0.3
 -28,000  -22.1
-1.8
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% for the three months ending August 2014. In the North West the rate was higher, at 6.7%. The rate for men in the UK was 6.3% and again, it was higher in the North West at 7.2%. The rate for women in the North West, at 6%, was also higher than the UK rate of 5.7%.

In the last quarter, the official unemployment rates fell by 7.2% in the UK. The decrease for men was 5.9%. It was higher for women, at 8.8%.

The decrease in the last quarter in the North West (of 7.1%) was much the same as that across the UK. However the pattern by sex was totally different. For men the quarterly decrease was much greater in the North West (8.3%) than the UK (5.9%). The reverse was true for women (North West decrease of 5.4%, UK 8.8%).  

Over the last year official unemployment has been falling both across the UK (by 21.4%) and the North West (22.5%). Across both the UK and rates decreased by similar amounts for both men (22.9) and women (19.5%). Across the North West the rates by sex were almost identical (a 22.9 for men and 22.1 for women).

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

People aged 16 - 64

Males

Females

Total

Yearly change

Monthly change

Count

%

Count

%

Count

%

Count

%

Count

Burnley

974

3.6

601

2.2

1,575

2.9

-761

-32.6

-104

-6.2

Chorley

624

1.7

349

1.0

973

1.4

-471

-32.6

-41

-4.0

Fylde

396

1.8

234

1.0

630

1.4

-319

-33.6

-28

-4.3

Hyndburn

704

2.8

389

1.6

1,093

2.2

-423

-27.9

-37

-3.3

Lancaster

1,103

2.5

578

1.3

1,681

1.9

-733

-30.4

-69

-3.9

Pendle

711

2.6

428

1.5

1,139

2.0

-604

-34.7

-47

-4.0

Preston

1,244

2.6

651

1.4

1,895

2.0

-1,227

-39.3

-150

-7.3

Ribble Valley

152

0.9

101

0.6

253

0.7

-125

-33.1

-11

-4.2

Rossendale

581

2.7

302

1.4

883

2.0

-365

-29.2

-31

-3.4

South Ribble

466

1.4

293

0.9

759

1.1

-546

-41.8

-95

-11.1

West Lancashire

741

2.2

403

1.1

1,144

1.7

-711

-38.3

-54

-4.5

Wyre

646

2.1

300

0.9

946

1.5

-397

-29.6

-34

-3.5

Lancashire (12 districts)

8,342

2.3

4,629

1.3

12,971

1.8

-6,682

-34.0

-701

-5.1

Blackburn w Darwen

1,743

3.7

977

2.1

2,720

2.9

-1,139

-29.5

-68

-2.4

Blackpool

2,220

5.1

1,127

2.6

3,347

3.8

-1,321

-28.3

-102

-3.0

Lancashire (14 authorities)

12,305

2.7

6,733

1.5

19,038

2.1

-9,142

-32.4

-871

-4.4

North West

67,878

3.0

38,929

1.7

106,807

2.4

-60,184

-36.0

-5,045

-4.5

Great Britain

544,853

2.8

326,010

1.6

870,863

2.2

-391,876

-31.0

-37,028

-4.1

United Kingdom

580,990

2.9

342,250

1.7

923,240

2.3

-401,485

-30.3

-37,909

-3.9

Source: National Online Manpower Information System (NOMIS)

Note: In July 2014 the resident population figures, used to calculate rates for local authorities, were updated with new estimates using 2013 data. Rates are therefore not directly comparable with those for months before that date.   

Key points from claimant count unemployment  

The claimant count rate of unemployment for all claimants in wider Lancashire was 2.1%. 19,038 people were claiming Job Seekers Allowance for unemployment. Of these, 12,305 were men and 6,733 were women. The unemployment rate for men (2.7%) was higher than for women (1.5%).    

The rate within the county council area was slightly lower, at 1.8%. 12,971 people were claiming Job Seekers Allowance for unemployment. Of these, 8,342 were men and 4,629 were women. The unemployment rate for men (2.3%) was higher than for women (1.3%).   

Within the districts, the highest claimant rate for JSA was in Burnley (2.9%). In another four districts the rates were equal to or above the county council average. These were Hyndburn, Preston, Pendle and Rossendale.

The unemployment rate was particularly high in Blackpool (3.8%) and also high in Blackburn with Darwen (2.9%). In Blackpool although the rate was high for both sexes, it was particularly high for men (5.1%). 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 2.4% in Blackburn with Darwen and by 3.0% in Blackpool.  

In the past year, the unemployment rate in both wider Lancashire and the county council area has fallen by a third (32.4% and 34%). Rates of decrease across the districts were between 27% (in Hyndburn) and 42% (in South Ribble). There was a drop in unemployment in each district, and it was over a third in nine districts. Numerically, the fall in Preston was highest and, at 1,227 people. Numbers were over 700 in Burnley, Lancaster and West Lancashire. 

In last month the unemployment rate fell in wider Lancashire (by 4.4%) and the county council area (by 5.1%). These rates, and the regional decrease (4.5%) were greater than the UK decrease of 3.9%. Within the districts, although unemployment fell in each of them, the extent varied. In Hyndburn, Rossendale and West Lancashire it was by no more than 3.5%. Conversely, the rate fell, most noticeably in South Ribble, by 11% and more moderately in Preston (by 7.3%) and Burnley (by 6.2%).

CC Aug 2014

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

 

 

 

 

unemp map

 

The claimant count data has also been mapped, for this month and previous months, for Lancashire and larger areas (August 2014).

 

 

 

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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