The number of people claiming Job Seekers’ Allowance (JSA) in Warwickshire in December 2013 was 5,878; a rate of 1.7% of the resident working age population and 2.1% of the economically active population. Unemployment has fallen below pre-recession levels, the county now has similar numbers of JSA claimants as it did 5 and a half years ago.
The number of claimants in Warwickshire has fallen by over 220 over the past month (-3.6%). The graph shows the claimant count for Warwickshire compared with the national average. Although the county has followed the national trend in terms of falling JSA numbers over the past month, the fall in Warwickshire claimants between November and December 2013 has fallen at double the rate seen at a national level (-1.8%).
Warwickshire has a lower claimant rate than this time last year with 1,616 fewer claimants recorded in December 2013 (a fall of 21.6%). This year-on-year fall is in line with the national figures (a fall of 21.7%). Within Warwickshire, all Districts/Boroughs saw a fall in claimants over the past year albeit to varying extents. Stratford-on-Avon has seen the largest percentage fall in claimants over the last year (-33.6%) compared to Nuneaton & Bedworth (-10.9%). This graphic chart shows the claimant count unemployment rate for the five Districts/Boroughs in Warwickshire over the past two decades. During this period, the average rate for Nuneaton & Bedworth has been twice that of the average rate in Stratford-on-Avon District. However, since the economic downturn began in 2008 the gap has grown, and the current rate in Nuneaton & Bedworth (3.1%) is nearly four times the rate in Stratford-on-Avon District (0.8%).
The number of JSA claimants aged 18-24 (youth unemployment) in the county has fallen over the last month. In December 2013, there were 1,440 claimants aged 18-24 years (3.2% of the resident 18-24 population) whereas in the previous month there were 1,580 claimants aged 18-24 years. However, looking at the year-on-year figures, the numbers are considerably lower in December 2013 than at the same time the previous year (1,970 claimants or 4.3%).
There are 2,365 people who are long-term unemployed (claiming JSA for over 6 months) in Warwickshire in December 2013, representing 2 in 5 job seekers in the county. Long term unemployment accounts for 0.7% of the resident working age population in December 2013. The numbers in long term unemployment has been steadily falling for the past six months with 610 fewer claimants since July 2013.
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