The Claimant Count

The Claimant Count is the most reliable data that we use in MtW.  While figures are published monthly by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) it is still only an estimate, but one which is directly sourced from the DWP / Jobcentre Plus admin system.  It covers the whole of the UK.

The Claimant Count measures the number of people claiming unemployment related benefits, usually Job Seekers Allowance, Universal Credit (UC) and National Insurance Credits. 

The Claimant Count is NOT just about unemployment, but there is a large overlap.  It does not meet the internationally agreed definition of unemployment specified by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), but does include people on UC who are in work but with very low earnings.  Additionally, the Claimant Count can include some people who are NEET and economically inactive.

January 2023 figures 

Unemployment

The ONS figure for claimant unemployed is 1,244,000. The claimant unemployment rate is 3.7%.


Employment by nationality (for Jul-Sep 22 next data 14 Feb)

87.9% of those employed in the UK are UK nationals. The employment rate for UK nationals is 75.6%. For non-UK nationals, the employment rate is 75.2%.

However, the rate for EU nationals is significantly higher at 80.9%.

53% of employment growth since 2010 has been among UK nationals


Young people (aged 16-24)

5.906 million young people are in full-time education (FTE) or work – up 3,000 (0.04%) on the year and down 23,000 (0.4%) on 2010.

933,000 young people are out of work (i.e., unemployed, or inactive) and not in FTE. This equates to 13.6% of all young people.

Unemployment rate for 16–24-year-olds is 11.1%.


Young people (aged 16-29)

Age East   East Midlands London North East North West Northern Ireland Scotland South East South West Wales West Midlands Yorkshire and Humber Totals      
Aged 16-17 235 175 150 165 405 50 650 280 230 265 285 390 3,280
Aged 18-24 18,655   17,615 39,840 13,395  34,965   6,200 18,725 26,340  14,375  12,320 31,830 25,820 260,080
Aged 25-29 13,605   12,120 36,545 8,790   24,940   4,570 14,350 19,760 10,735 8,105   22,260 17,775 193,535
Totals 32,495   29,910     76,535   22,350   60,310   10,820 33,725 46,380   25,340   20,690   54,375 43,965  456,895  

Currently over 456,895 16–29-year-olds unemployed.


Vacancies

Vacancies (for Oct-Dec ‘22) at 1.16 million– down 75,000 (-6.1%) on the quarter and up 365,000 (45.9%) on Jan – March 20 (since Covid-19).

Single month’s estimate of vacancies (for Dec 22) at 1.03 million vacancies – down 189,000 (-15.5%) on the quarter and up 276,000 (36,5%) on March ’20 (since Covid-19).


Economic inactivity (all ages).

Economic inactivity is at 8.935 million (21.5%). 

Excluding students, inactivity is at 6.587 million. This is 15.8% of 16–64-year-olds and is up 0.1% on the year

Reason for inactivity  Current (000s)  Change on quarter  Change on Dec-Feb ’20  Change on 2010 election 
Student  2,357 -62   +227  +40  
Looking after family/home  1,725  -1   -114  -644
Temp sick  202 +30  +25 +22
Long-term sick  2,438  -52  +325  +210 
Discouraged workers  31  +10  -4   -49 
Retired  1,130  -52  +7  -398 
Other  1,062  +71  +108  +263 
Total  8,945  -55  +575 -555