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The UK unemployment rate is at 8.4% – its highest level since 1995. These are the claimant numbers in each parliamentary constituencies. Get them where you live
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The UK unemployment rate has remained at 8.4%, the highest level since 1995 according to the latest figures published today.
The number of people out of work on the government’s preferred International Labour Organisation measure increased by 28,000, to hit 2.67m, according to the ONS, while the unemployment rate rose to 8.4%. In the three months to December â€“ the latest set of figures released â€“ the increase in unemployment was 45,000.
The big increase has been in the loss of public sector jobs: 270,000 cut in 2011. Heather Stewart writes today that:
In total, 270,000 public sector jobs were lost in 2011, reducing the total workforce to 5.94 million. The civil service payroll shrank by almost 7% over the year, while 71,000 roles disappeared in education, and 31,000 in the National Health Service
Unemployment among the under-25s has also continued to rise, with 1.04m 16 to 24-year-olds unemployed in the three months to January. That took Britain’s youth unemployment rate to 22.5%, a record high since 1992.
The charts above show that not only is the total unemployment rate at a record high but that the rate of youth unemployment is at the highest level since 1992.
The increasing rate of youth unemployment in the UK means that we are catching up with the rest of Europe which has had high youth unemployment for a while. See the chart above to see how we compare, the full data can be found for this on our Eurozone debt crisis article.
Our figures, not seasonally adjusted, from NOMIS show 1.61 million people claiming unemployment benefits in February, up 7,200 on a month earlier.
Birmingham Ladywood remains the constituency with the highest claimant rate at 11.5% with Hodge Hill following closely behind once more at just over 10%. The biggest increase on the month was seen in Bradford West, West Midlands where the number of people claiming beenfits rose by 31.6% in the last year to 5,388, or 7.4% of the working population. Some ofthe other key numbers from this analysis are:
â€¢ Highest % of men claiming benefits: Birmingham Ladywood, 16.2%
â€¢ Highest % of women: Birmingham Ladywood, 6.8%
â€¢ Biggest %-point increase over the year: Bradford West, 1.8%points
â€¢ Biggest % change on month: Corby, up 9.4%
â€¢ Biggest %-point decrease over the year: Hodge Hill, down 0.7%point
The figures below, out each month, show benefit claimants in each UK parliamentary constituency and come from the Office for National Statistics Thanks to the powerful ONS Nomis database, we can now give them to you by constituency.
We’ve gone for claimants rather than unemployed numbers because â€“ although the numbers are lower â€“ they are bang up to date and available at a really local level, so you can see exactly what’s happening near where you live.
These are not seasonally adjusted – which explains the slight difference with the totals. The figures, broken down constituency by constituency, do not take into account seasonal variations so show a difference from the seasonally adjusted figures released today. We have added youth unemployment figures and total unemployment which is further broken down.
Download the data and in the second tab you can see our rankings by constituency – with highest rates by men and women and a host of other bits of analysis.
To help out, we’ve also done some percentage changes too. We’ve also worked out the percentage changes for men and women.
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