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Claimant Count Unemployment


Claimant Count data records those who are unemployed by measuring all those claiming out of work benefits. Since it is not a survey this dataset does not suffer from statistical errors, however it under-represents unemployment because it leaves out those who are out of work and seeking employment but not claiming out of work benefits. Consequently, the figures are lower than the Labour Force Survey unemployment measure.

Line graph shows the trends over time. Use the slider to change the date range and the geography filters to compare different areas. View either count or percentage using the filters to enable quantitative or proportional comparisons. Age breakdowns can be carried out using the filters. Right click the graph to show underlying data. Click to slide 2 for a map of Devon.

About the data

Claimant Count unemployment in Devon fell dramatically from 2012 in the wake of the financial crisis, but has since seen a slight increase. Claimant Count data in Devon follows a cyclical pattern; each summer unemployment benefit claimants fall as temporary jobs in the seasonal tourist and agricultural sectors become available. During the autumn this number rises again before peaking around February/March.

Claimant count is now at its highest level since April 2014, at 1.2%. High levels of uncertainty affecting businesses prior to Brexit is likely to be a factor in this increase, with employment levels falling in the same period. Claimant count is still relatively low, at half the national average.

Whilst low levels of unemployment are good for standard of living and may push up wages, the smaller labour pool can create skill shortages for businesses, inhibiting growth. Targeting the long term unemployed and reskilling labour to meet any knowledge gaps in the economy will be important in the next few years.

Last Updated: March 2019