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Labour market statistics

15 May 2018

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

Claimant count total* (12 April 2018): 4,440; rate: 2.9%

   Change (month): +405 (+10.0%); (year): +860 (+24.0%)

Unemployment estimate** (December 2017): 5,400; rate: 4.8%.   Change (year): -700 (-11.5%).

Our quarterly PDF Document Labour Market and Economic Statistics bulletin (PDF, 1010KB)Opens new window summarises the local and national data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in April 2018.

Page 1 includes a brief statistical summary of Swansea's labour market (for the survey period ending December 2017) and the claimant count unemployment data for the City & County of Swansea, the Travel to Work Area and equivalent Wales and UK figures as at 8 March 2018, together with the national seasonally adjusted claimant count data (Wales and UK only).

Pages 2 and 3 of the bulletin include the claimant count data for Swansea's 36 Wards and three local Parliamentary Constituency Areas; Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) claimants by age, duration and flows; followed by the national unemployment statistics (Labour Force Survey).  Page 4 contains other 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).

This web page also contains a summary analysis of PDF Document claimant unemployment trends (PDF, 1MB)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, 498KB)Opens new window (including the model-based estimates for Swansea).

Further local and national labour market and economic data is also available in the Swansea Economic Profile.

* The claimant count includes people who claim Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA), plus claimants of Universal Credit who are out of work.  The claimant rate is expressed as a proportion of the resident working age population, defined as all people aged 16-64.  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.

** Model-based estimates of unemployment are based on Annual Population Survey (APS) and claimant count data. The estimate is for the 12-month period prior to the given date.  The rate is the number unemployed divided by the economically active population aged 16 and over.

Data source: Claimant Count and Annual Population Survey, ONS/Nomis.

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