The Government has announced the monthly unemployment figures for July 2018. It states that the roll out of Universal Credit is currently affecting the claimant count. Changes in claimant numbers may be a result of the roll out rather than changes in economic conditions.
· The total number of unemployed claimants in Leicester East constituency in July 2018 was 1,105.
· This represents a rate of 2.1% of the economically active population aged 16-64.
· The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.8%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 4.0% in April to June 2018.
· The number of claimants in Leicester East constituency is 45 higher than July 2017 and 5 lower than June 2018.
· There were 205 claimants aged 18-24 in July 2018, 5 lower than July 2017.
Figures are not seasonally adjusted and are rounded to the nearest five. ‘Unemployed claimants’ include people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance or who are claiming Universal Credit and are required to seek work.
Impact of Universal Credit
Under Universal Credit, a broader span of claimants are required to look for work than under Jobseeker’s Allowance. This has the effect of increasing the number of unemployed claimants. The effect is most visible in areas operating Universal Credit “Full Service” (where roll out of Universal Credit is more advanced). All jobcentre areas are expected to have moved to Full Service by the end of 2018.