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 are available separately.
Updated this month
Labour Force Survey estimates for the period July to September 2012.
Claimant Count for October 2012.
Also in this release
Annual Population Survey estimates for the period July 2011 to June 2012.
Workforce Jobs estimates for June 2012.
The employment rate for those aged 16 to 64 for the three months to September 2012 compared to the three months to June 2012, showed a few large increases for the regions of the UK, along with a large decrease for one region, with the remaining movements reflecting the normal sampling volatility of the survey estimates.
The largest increase was for the North East, which increased 1.2 percentage points. There were also notable increases for the West Midlands and London at 1.0 and 0.8 percentage points respectively. All of these, along with the more modest increases in the North West, Yorkshire and The Humber and Wales appear to be part of an underlying pattern of increasing employment rates for these regions.
Over the past year, the increases in the employment rates for the North East, Yorkshire and The Humber, West Midlands and London have all been statistically significant.
The only region of the UK that is showing a strong decrease in the employment rate is Scotland which decreased by 1.0 percentage points. However, it is not yet clear whether this decrease is the start of a pattern of decreases or due to sampling variability.
Employment rates remain higher in the East of England, South East and South West than the rest of the UK at 74.7 per cent, 74.5 per cent and 74.4 per cent respectively.
Regional figures for the unemployment rate are quite volatile, which needs to be allowed for when considering the pattern of change over time.
The largest decreases in the unemployment rate were in the North West and Yorkshire and The Humber, at 0.7 percentage points and the North East and East Midlands at 0.6 percentage points. The decreases in both the North East and North West appear to be the continuation of a pattern of decreasing employment rates.
The unemployment rate for the North East, at 9.8 per cent, continues to be the highest in the UK, followed by Yorkshire and The Humber, with an unemployment rate of 9.1 per cent.
Changes in the conditions for claiming Lone Parent Income Support are likely to have affected the Claimant Count across the UK, resulting in more females entering the count than would have been the case without the changes. The impact has been that for most regions of the UK there have been increases or small decreases in the Claimant Count for men, with larger increases in the Claimant Count for women.
The employment rate for people aged from 16 to 64 for the UK was 71.2 per cent for the period July to September 2012.
The region with the highest rate in Great Britain was the East of England at 74.7 per cent, followed by the South East at 74.5 per cent and the South West at 74.4 per cent. The region with the lowest rate was the North East at 67.8 per cent, followed by Wales at 69.0 per cent and London at 69.6 per cent.
The regions with the largest increase in the employment rate on the previous period (April to June 2012) were the North East with an increase of 1.2 percentage points followed by the West Midlands with an increase of 1.0 percentage points and London with an increase of 0.8 percentage points. Scotland had the largest decrease of 1.0 percentage points. The UK rate increased by 0.2 percentage points.
Over the year the region with the largest change in the employment rate was the North East with an increase of 2.8 percentage points. This was followed by Yorkshire and The Humber with an increase of 2.1 percentage points. Scotland and the East Midlands were the only regions to see a decrease at 0.5 percentage points and 0.3 percentage points respectively.
The unemployment rate for people aged 16 and over for the UK was 7.8 per cent for the period July to September 2012.
The region with the highest rate was the North East at 9.8 per cent followed by Yorkshire and The Humber at 9.1 per cent and London at 8.7 per cent. The region with the lowest rate was the South West at 5.8 per cent, followed by the South East at 6.5 per cent and the East of England at 6.8 per cent.
The regions with the largest decrease in the unemployment rate on the previous period (April to June 2012) were the North West and Yorkshire and The Humber both at 0.7 percentage points followed by the North East and the East Midlands which both decreased by 0.6 percentage points. The unemployment rate in Scotland, the South East and the East of England all increased by 0.2 percentage points. The UK rate decreased by 0.2 percentage points.
Over the year the regions with the largest changes in the unemployment rate were the North East with a decrease of 1.9 percentage points, Yorkshire and The Humber with a decrease of 1.2 percentage points and Wales with a decrease of 1.1 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 2012 and June 2012 with a decrease in 5 of the remaining 6 regions – East of England was unchanged. The largest increase of 67,000 was in North West, whilst the largest decrease of 28,000 was in the North East.
The East Midlands had the highest proportion of jobs in the production sector at 13.7 per cent whilst London had the lowest proportion at 3.2 per cent. For the service sector the situation is reversed with London having the highest proportion at 91.6 per cent and the East Midlands the lowest at 77.4 per cent.
The seasonally adjusted claimant count rate for the UK was 4.8 per cent in October 2012 unchanged from September, although, the level was up 10,100.
The region with the highest rate in Great Britain was the North East at 7.8 per cent, up 0.1 percentage point from the previous month. The next highest rates were in Yorkshire and The Humber at 6.3 per cent and the West Midlands at 6.0 per cent.
The region with the lowest rate was the South East at 3.1 per cent. The next lowest rates were seen in the South West at 3.3 per cent and the East of England at 3.9 per cent.
For the period July 2011 to June 2012 the highest employment rate in Great Britain was Suffolk Coastal at 85.8 per cent. The next highest was Ribble Valley in Lancashire at 84.7 per cent and Adur in West Sussex at 84.4 per cent. The lowest rates were Fenland at 55.8 per cent, followed by Birmingham at 57.0 per cent and the London Borough of Newham at 57.2 per cent.
For the period July 2011 to June 2012 the highest unemployment rate in Great Britain was Hartlepool at 16.4 per cent. The next highest was Kingston upon Hull at 15.8 per cent and Middlesbrough at 15.5 per cent. The lowest rate was in the Shetland Islands at 3.3 per cent followed by South Lakeland and Eden both in Cumbria at 3.4 per cent and at 3.5 per cent respectively.
In October 2012 the local authority with the lowest proportion of the population aged from 16 to 64 years claiming Jobseeker's Allowance in Great Britain was the Isles of Scilly at 0.5 per cent. This was followed by Hart in Hampshire at 1.1 per cent. Five local authorities had a proportion of 1.2 per cent. It was highest in Kingston upon Hull at 8.3 per cent and followed by Hartlepool and Middlesbrough both at 8.1 per cent. A further six local authorities had a proportion of 7.0 per cent or more.
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.
In 2010 the highest jobs density in Great Britain was the City of London at 40.37 and the lowest was East Renfrewshire at 0.38. Westminster (3.33), Camden (1.72) and Islington (1.34), all in London were the next highest jobs densities. The highest jobs density outside London was Crawley at 1.26. After East Renfrewshire, the lowest jobs density was Lewisham in London at 0.39, followed by East Dunbartonshire at 0.40.
This Month’s Bulletin
It has been decided to delay updating the population estimates used to calculate Jobseeker's Allowance proportions in tables LI01 and JSA01 until January 2013. Changes to the geographic areas used in these tables will be updated at the same time in line with those released for the 2011 Census.
Next Month’s Bulletin
There are no significant changes planned for next month’s bulletin.
ONS has recently published commentary, analysis and policy on 'Special Events' which may affect statistical outputs. For full details go to the Special Events page on the ONS website.
The Olympics took place from 27 July to 12 August 2012 (with a few events starting on 25 July), and the Paralympics from 29 August to 9 September. For most economic statistics, any direct effect of the Olympics was mainly reflected in the August estimate, although some of the Paralympics-associated activity took place in September. Wider effects, for example if the presence of the Olympics has influenced the number of non-Olympics tourist visits, may of course affect any of the summer months.
This commentary is intended to help users to interpret the statistics in the light of events. As explained in ONS’s Special Events policy, it is not possible to make an estimate of the effect of the Olympics and Paralympics on particular series only on the basis of information collected in those series. More details of how certain series are affected are in an Information Note, and an article explaining how various elements are reflected in the National Accounts was published in July 2012.
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 (41.5 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).
Further information on the Quality of and Methods for Work Force Jobs estimates can be found in Summary Quality Report (295.4 Kb Pdf) .
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 (41.5 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.
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.
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