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Release: Regional Labour Market Statistics, October 2012

Released: 17 October 2012 Next edition: 14 November 2012
  • Employment rate highest in the East of England and the South West (74.6 per cent) and lowest in the North East (67.9 per cent).

  • Unemployment rate highest in the North East (9.9 per cent) and lowest in the South West (5.8 per cent).

  • Inactivity rate highest in the North East (24.6 per cent) and lowest in the East of England (19.9 per cent).

  • Claimant Count rate highest in the North East (7.7 per cent) and lowest in the South East (3.0 per cent).

The tables contain Labour Market headline indicators for each UK country and region. These cover Economic Activity, Employment, Unemployment, Economic Inactivity, Workforce jobs and Claimant Count.

The National Labour Market Statistical Bulletin and data for Northern Ireland are available separately

Further Labour Market Statistics are available on the NOMIS website.

Consultation on the production and dissemination of Claimant Count statistics following the introduction of Universal Credit

The claimant count will be affected by the planned introduction of Universal Credit in October 2013. ONS has launched a consultation on the measurement of the Claimant Count following the introduction of Universal Credit. The consultation runs until 23 November 2012.

The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

Designation can be broadly interpreted to mean that the statistics:

  • meet identified user needs;
  • are well explained and readily accessible;
  • are produced according to sound methods; and
  • are managed impartially and objectively in the public interest.

Once statistics have been designated as National Statistics it is a statutory requirement that the Code of Practice shall continue to be observed.

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