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Jobseekers Allowance and Universal Credit (not in work) claimant count statistics

The combined number of Manchester Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) and Universal Credit (UC) not in work claimants was 9,595 in October 2017, representing 2.5% of residents aged 16-64.  The wards with the highest combined claimant rate were Harpurhey (4.8%), Miles Platting and Newton Heath (4.8%) and Moss Side (4.6%).  The combined claimant count is 195 less than last month and 850 less than the same month in 2016.

Statistics are available from NOMIS and the Department for Work and Pensions (external websites).

  October 2017 (no.) October 2017 (%)
 Manchester 9,595  2.5%
 Greater Manchester 46,220  2.6%
 North West 110,510  2.4%

 English Core Cities

91,985

 3.0%

 United Kingdom 789,285  1.9%

Source: Office for National Statistics via NOMIS, Crown copyright.  Rate as a % of population aged 16 and over, 2016 Mid Year Estimate.
English Core Cities are: Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield

Monthly change, September- October 2017 

   Number  Percentage change
 Manchester  -195  -2.0%
 Greater Manchester  -635  -1.4%
 North West  -1,630  -1.5%
 English Core Cities  -860  -0.9%
 United Kingdom  -6,255  -0.8%

Source: Office for National Statistics via NOMIS, Crown copyright
English Core Cities are: Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield

Annual change, October 2016 to October 2017

   Number  Percentage change
 Manchester  -850  -8.1%
 Greater Manchester  235   0.5%

 North West

  6,025   5.8%
 English Core Cities   1,445   1.6%
 United Kingdom   23,055   3.0%

Source: Office for National Statistics via NOMIS, Crown copyright
English Core Cities included here are: Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield

JSA claimant count data for Manchester wards and Lower Super Output Areas are in the Intelligence Hub Analysis Tool.

Summary statistics in a monthly labour market profile (NOMIS external website). 

NOTE: Claimant count measures the number of people claiming benefit, principally for being unemployed. The count includes all out of work UC claimants plus JSA claimants. Ideally, only those UC claimants who are out of work and required to seek work should be included in the claimant count, but this data is not currently available. This means that the claimant count includes some out of work claimants of UC who are not required to look for work, for example, due to illness or disability.  The claimant count also includes people who claim unemployment-related benefits but who do not receive payment, for example, claimants who have had benefits stopped for a limited period by JobCentre Plus.  Some people claim JSA to receive National Insurance credits.

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