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

Reports for previous months for Lancashire are still available.

The remaining release dates for the rest of 2014 are 14 May, 11 June, 16 July, 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 December/February 2014 and the narrower claimant count data for March 2014. Reports for previous months are still available.

Official unemployment for the North West and United Kingdom for three months December/February 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
2,243,000
6.9
-77,000
-3.3
-0.3
-320,000
-12.5
-1.1
North West
264,000
7.6
-6,000
-2.2
-0.3
-24,000
-8.4
-0.7
Men
United Kingdom
1,261,000
7.2
-53,000
-4.0
-0.3
-184,000
-12.7
-1.2
North West
157,000
8.5
3,000
1.7
0.1
-17,000
-10.0
-0.9
Women
United Kingdom
982,000
6.5
-24,000
-2.4
-0.2
-136,000
-12.2
-1.0
North West
106,000
6.6
-9,000
-7.6
-0.7
-7,000
-6.1
-0.5
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 6.9% for the three months ending February 2014. In the North West the rate was higher, at 7.6%. The rate for men in the UK was 7.2% and again, it was higher in the North West at 8.5%. The rate for women in the North West, at 6.5% was closer to the UK rate of 6.6%.

In the last quarter, the official unemployment rates fell by 3.3% in the UK. The decrease for women was 2.4% and for men 4.0%. The decrease in the North West of 2.2% was smaller than the national decrease. However in the North West the pattern by gender was much different from that across the UK. The rate rose for men by 1.7% and fell for women by 7.6%. Over the last year official unemployment has been falling both across the UK (by 12.5%) and the North West (by 8.4%). In the UK the fall was similar for men (12.7%) and women (12.2%). In the North West the fell for men was greater than for women (10% compared to 6.1%).

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 
People aged 16 - 64
Males
Females
Total
Yearly change
Monthly change
Count
%
Count
%
Count
%
Count
%
Change in rate
Count
 
%
 
Change in rate
Burnley
1,322
4.8
713
2.6
2,035
3.7
-650
-24.2
-1.2
-41
-2.0
-0.1
Chorley
907
2.5
417
1.2
1,324
1.9
-541
-29.0
-0.8
-74
-5.3
-0.1
Fylde
605
2.7
291
1.3
896
2.0
-168
-15.8
-0.4
-76
-7.8
-0.2
Hyndburn
908
3.6
477
1.9
1,385
2.7
-580
-29.5
-1.2
-109
-7.3
-0.3
Lancaster
1,530
3.5
712
1.5
2,242
2.5
-637
-22.1
-0.7
-120
-5.1
-0.1
Pendle
969
3.5
530
1.9
1,499
2.7
-485
-24.4
-0.8
-79
-5.0
-0.1
Preston
1,794
3.7
855
1.9
2,649
2.8
-677
-20.4
-0.7
-51
-1.9
-0.1
Ribble Valley
228
1.3
106
0.6
334
1.0
-143
-30.0
-0.4
-31
-8.5
0.0
Rossendale
728
3.3
354
1.6
1,082
2.5
-409
-27.4
-0.9
-2
-0.2
0.0
South Ribble
767
2.3
429
1.2
1,196
1.7
-385
-24.4
-0.6
10
0.8
0.0
West Lancashire
1,150
3.4
571
1.6
1,721
2.5
-524
-23.3
-0.7
-92
-5.1
-0.1
Wyre
884
2.8
421
1.3
1,305
2.1
-401
-23.5
-0.6
-59
-4.3
-0.1
Lancashire (12 districts)
11,792
3.2
5,876
1.6
17,668
2.4
-5,600
-24.1
-0.7
-724
-3.9
-0.1
Blackburn with Darwen
2,162
4.6
1,142
2.5
3,304
3.5
-957
-22.5
-1.1
-153
-4.4
-0.2
Blackpool
3,297
7.4
1,542
3.5
4,839
5.5
-1,188
-19.7
-1.3
-261
-5.1
-0.3
Lancashire (14 authorities)
17,251
3.8
8,560
1.9
25,811
2.8
-7,745
-23.1
-0.8
-1,138
-4.2
-0.1
North West
96,796
4.3
49,912
2.2
146,708
3.2
-51,388
-25.9
-1.2
-6,745
-4.4
-0.2
Great Britain
737,779
3.7
400,794
2.0
1,138,573
2.9
-380,660
-25.1
-0.9
-45,584
-3.8
-0.1
United Kingdom
778,447
3.8
417,822
2.0
1,196,269
2.9
-388,199
-24.5
-1.0
-47,165
-3.8
-0.1

Key points from claimant count unemployment 

The claimant count rate of unemployment for all claimants in wider Lancashire was 2.8%. 25,811 people were claiming Job Seekers Allowance for unemployment. Of these, 17,251 were men and 8,560 were women. The unemployment rate for men (3.8%) was higher than for women (1.9%).    

The rate within the county council area was slightly lower, at 2.4%. 17,668 people were claiming Job Seekers Allowance for unemployment. Of these, 11,792 were men and 5,876 were women. The unemployment rate for men (3.2%) was higher than for women (1.6%).   

Within the districts, the highest claimant rate for JSA by far was in Burnley (3.7%). In another six districts the rates were above the county council average. These were Preston, Pendle, Hyndburn, Lancaster, Rossendale and West Lancashire.

The unemployment rate was particularly high in Blackpool (5.5 %) and also high in Blackburn with Darwen (3.5%). In Blackpool although the rate was high for both sexes it was particularly high for men (being more than twice the rate for men in many other districts). In the last year the rate has fallen by around a fifth in both Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool. In the last month the number of people unemployed in Blackpool fell by 261 people (5%) and by 153 people in Blackburn with Darwen (4.4%).   

Since a year ago the unemployment rate in both wider Lancashire and the county council area has fallen by almost a quarter. It has fallen in all districts, the greatest drops in the claimant count rates were in Ribble Valley, Hyndburn and Chorley. Numerically the falls were greatest (over 600 in each) in Preston, Burnley and Lancaster.  The fall in the rate was lowest in Fylde.    

In last month the unemployment rate fell in all Lancashire local authority areas except South Ribble. Ribble Valley, Fylde and Hyndburn had the largest decreases in unemployment rates (between 8.5% and 7%), although this was not a large number in Ribble Valley.The decrease in Rossendale was minimal and the rise in South Ribble was below 1%.   

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

 

 

 

 

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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 for Lancashire and Lancashire sub-regions (year ending September 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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