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Labour market statistics

13 September 2017

The latest summary claimant count unemployment statistics for the City & County of Swansea are:

Claimant total (10 August 2017): 3,425*; rate: 2.2%**

Change (month): +30 (+0.9%); (year): -195 (-5.4%)

Our quarterly PDF Document Labour Market and Economic Statistics bulletin (PDF, 97KB)Opens new window summarises the local and national data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in July 2017.

Page 1 includes the claimant count unemployment data (unadjusted) for the City & County of Swansea, the Swansea Travel to Work Area and equivalent Wales and UK figures as at June 2017.  Page 1 also includes the equivalent national seasonally adjusted claimant count data (Wales and UK only).

Pages 2 and 3 of the bulletin report the claimant count data for Swansea's 36 Wards and three local Parliamentary Constituency Areas; Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) claimants by age and duration; JSA flows; and a summary of working age benefit claimants (DWP statistics).  Page 4 includes the key national labour market and economic indicators, including economic activity/inactivity and employment rates, vacancies, redundancies, earnings, inflation, retail sales and Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

National unemployment figures from the Labour Force Survey, which use the wider definition of unemployment, are included in page 1 of the bulletin.  Equivalent figures for this time period are not available for local authority areas, although recent survey and model-based unemployment statistics for Swansea are available in the Swansea Economic Profile.

This page also contains a summary analysis of PDF Document claimant unemployment trends (PDF, 259KB)Opens new window during the last two and 12 years for Swansea, Wales and the UK; plus local and national trends in the wider, survey-based measure of PDF Document unemployment (PDF, 164KB)Opens new window from the Annual Population Survey (APS).

* The claimant count includes people who claim Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA), plus claimants of Universal Credit who are out of work. Claimant count statistics are currently designated 'experimental statistics' by ONS due to the impact of Universal Credit, which has increased as its roll-out has progressed and may be providing a misleading representation of changes in the UK labour market.

** Claimant rate expressed as a proportion of the resident working age population, defined as all people aged 16-64.

Data source (claimant count): Jobcentre Plus Administrative System, ONS/Nomis, 13 September 2017.

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