This bulletin shows the latest key labour market statistics for the regions and countries of Great Britain along with statistics for local authorities, travel-to-work areas and parliamentary constituencies.
Data for Northern Ireland is available separately.
Updated this month
Labour Force Survey estimates for the period July to September 2011.
Claimant Count for October 2011.
Also in this release
Annual Population Survey estimates for the period April 2010 to March 2011.
Workforce Jobs estimates for June 2011.
The employment rate for those aged 16 to 64 for the three months to September 2011 showed a few large movements for the regions of the UK, with most movements reflecting the normal sampling volatility of the survey estimates.
The only notable increase was for the South West, which increased by 0.7 percentage points, however this increase was partially caused by a low estimate three months ago. The underlying pattern remains relatively stable.
The largest decrease was in the North East, at 1.5 percentage points which also shows a significant decrease of 2.9 percentage points from 12 months ago. The East of England and the South East both decreased by 0.9 percentage points. However, it is not yet clear whether either of these decreases are part of an ongoing pattern.
Decreases of 0.6 percentage points in the Yorkshire and The Humber and 0.2 percentage points in the West Midlands are part of a longer term pattern which has shown a decreasing pattern in the employment rate since the same period last year.
Meanwhile, decreases in London and the South East are consistent with an ongoing pattern of slow decline in the employment rate in those regions.
Regional figures for the unemployment rate are quite volatile, which needs to be allowed for when considering the pattern of change over time. However, the 1.8 percentage point increase in Yorkshire and The Humber, the 1.6 percentage point increase in the North East, and 1.0 percentage point increase in Wales, while partially due to recent volatility in the estimates, are part of an underlying pattern suggesting a gentler rate of increase. However, it is notable that the estimated rate of 11.6 per cent for the North East is the highest unemployment rate for any region since the 3 month period to June 1996.
The number of claimants of Jobseeker’s Allowance (the claimant count) shows increases for most regions of the UK between September and October 2011. Small decreases were seen in the North East, South West and Scotland. The rate was unchanged for the UK and all regions.
The claimant counts for the North East, Yorkshire and The Humber, East Midlands, London, Scotland and Northern Ireland are all higher than they were at their recession peaks.
The employment rate for people aged from 16 to 64 for the UK was 70.2 per cent for the period July to September 2011.
The regions with the highest rates in Great Britain were the East of England and the South East, both at 74.1 per cent, followed by the South West at 73.7 per cent. The region with the lowest rate was the North East at 64.9 per cent, followed by Yorkshire and The Humber at 67.5 per cent and Wales at 67.7 per cent.
The region with the largest change in the employment rate on the previous period (April to June 2011) was the North East with a decrease of 1.5 percentage points, followed by the South East and East of England both with a decrease of 0.9 percentage points. The UK rate decreased 0.4 percentage points.
Over the year the region with the largest change in the employment rate was the North East with a decrease of 2.9 percentage points followed by the West Midlands with a decrease of 1.4 percentage points. The East Midlands increased 1.1 percentage points.
The unemployment rate for people aged 16 and over was 8.3 per cent for the period July to September 2011.
The region with the highest rate was the North East at 11.6 per cent followed by Yorkshire and The Humber at 10.3 per cent and London at 9.7 per cent per cent. The region with the lowest rate was the South East at 6.3 per cent, followed by the South West at 6.6 per cent and the East of England at 6.9 per cent.
The region with the largest increase in the unemployment rate on the previous period (April to June 2011) was Yorkshire and The Humber at 1.8 percentage points followed by the North East at 1.6 percentage points and Wales at 1.0 percentage points. The North West was the only region to show a decrease in the rate down 0.2 percentage points. The UK rate increased by 0.4 percentage points.
Over the year the regions with the largest changes in the unemployment rate were the North East with an increase of 2.6 percentage points and Wales with an increase of 1.3 percentage points.
An interactive chart showing regional unemployment rates over time is available.
Workforce Jobs increased in 5 of the 11 regions of Great Britain between March 2011 and June 2011 with a decrease in the remaining 6 regions. The largest increase of 50,000 was seen in London, whilst the largest decrease of 70,000 was seen in the South West.
The East Midlands had the highest proportion of jobs in the production sector at 14.8 per cent whilst London had the lowest proportion at 3.0 per cent. For the service sector the situation is reversed with London having the highest proportion at 91.5 per cent and the East Midlands the lowest at 76.1 per cent.
The seasonally adjusted claimant count rate for the UK was 5.0 per cent in October 2011 unchanged from September.
The region with the highest rate in Great Britain was the North East at 7.2 per cent, unchanged on the previous month. The next highest rates were in the West Midlands at 6.3 per cent and Yorkshire and The Humber at 6.2 per cent.
The regions with the lowest rate were the South East and the South West both at 3.3 per cent. The next lowest rates were seen in the East of England at 4.0 per cent and London at 4.8 per cent. There was no change in the rate for any region.
For the period April 2010 to March 2011 the highest employment rate in Great Britain was Maidstone at 84.0 per cent. The next highest was the Shetland Islands at 83.8 per cent and West Somerset at 83.7 per cent. The lowest rates were the City of London at 48.8 per cent, followed by the London borough of Newham at 53.7 per cent and Nottingham at 53.8 per cent and.
For the period April 2010 to March 2011 the highest unemployment rate in Great Britain was Middlesbrough at 15.5 per cent. The next highest was the London borough of Newham at 14.4 per cent and Kingston upon Hull at 14.1 per cent. The lowest rates were in South Lakeland in Cumbria at 3.4 per cent, followed by Ribble Valley at 3.5 per cent and the Shetland Islands at 3.6 per cent.
In October 2011 the local authority with the lowest claimant count proportion in Great Britain was the Isles of Scilly at 0.6 per cent. This was followed by the City of London at 0.7 per cent and the Shetland Islands and Eden both at 1.2 per cent. Seven local authorities had a proportion of 1.3 per cent. It was highest in Kingston upon Hull at 8.0 per cent, followed by Wolverhampton and Birmingham both at 7.6 per cent. A further six local authorities had a proportion of over 7.0 per cent.
An interactive version of this map showing claimant count proportions by local authority over time is available. This map also shows claimant count proportions for males, females, 18 to 24 year olds and those claiming over 12 months.
LFS headline indicators (Employment, unemployment and inactivity):
Table 1 for All Regions (2.14 Mb ZIP)
LFS headline indicators (Employment, unemployment and inactivity); Employment and Workforce Jobs estimates; Claimant Count; and Economic Activity and Inactivity estimates for each region are available in the following Tables:
Tables 1 to 11 - North East (1.74 Mb Excel sheet) Tables 1 to 11 - North West (1.49 Mb Excel sheet)
Tables 1 to 11 - Yorkshire and The Humber (1.91 Mb Excel sheet)
Tables 1 to 11 - East Midlands (2.07 Mb Excel sheet) Tables 1 to 11 - West Midlands (1.87 Mb Excel sheet) Tables 1 to 11 - East of England (1.81 Mb Excel sheet)
Tables 1 to 11 - London (1.5 Mb Excel sheet)
Tables 1 to 11 - South East (1.48 Mb Excel sheet)
Tables 1 to 11 - South West (1.53 Mb Excel sheet)
Tables 1 to 11 - Wales (1.81 Mb Excel sheet)
Tables 1 to 11 - Scotland (1.87 Mb Excel sheet)
The following tables contain local labour market indicators for all regions:
Table 12 – Local labour market indicators by Unitary and Local Authority (257.5 Kb Excel sheet)
Table 13 – Local labour market indicators by Parliamentary Constituency (314 Kb Excel sheet)
Table 13(2) - Local labour market indicators by Constituencies of the Scottish Parliament (114 Kb Excel sheet) Table 14 – Local labour market indicators by Travel-to-Work Area (175.5 Kb Excel sheet)
Table 15 – Local labour market indicators by NUTS3 area (142 Kb Excel sheet)
The following tables contain local claimant count data for all regions:
Table 16 – Claimant Count by Unitary and Local Authority (267.5 Kb Excel sheet) Table 17 – Claimant Count by Parliamentary Constituency (617.5 Kb Excel sheet)
Table 17(2) – Claimant Count by Constituencies of the Scottish Parliament (120 Kb Excel sheet)
This Month's Bulletin
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Next Month's Bulletin
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One indication of the reliability of the key indicators in this bulletin can be obtained by monitoring the size of revisions. These summary measures are available in the Regional Labour Market Sampling Variability spreadsheet (56 Kb Excel sheet) available with this bulletin and show the size of revisions over the last five years. The revised data itself may be subject to sampling or other sources of error. The ONS standard presentation is to show five years worth of revisions (i.e. 60 observations for a monthly series, 20 for a quarterly series).
Very few statistical revisions arise as a result of ‘errors’ in the popular sense of the word. All estimates, by definition, are subject to statistical ‘error’ but in this context the word refers to the uncertainty.
Some data in the bulletin are based on statistical samples and, as such, are subject to sampling variability. If many samples were drawn, each would give different results. The ranges shown in the Regional Labour Market Sampling Variability spreadsheet (56 Kb Excel sheet) , available with this bulletin, represent ‘95 per cent confidence intervals’. It is expected that in 95 per cent of samples the range would contain the true value.
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