• measures the number of people claiming benefits due to unemployment

  • based on data from Jobcentre Plus

  • the Claimant Count relates to a count date, which falls on the second Thursday of each month

  • a consistent series available from 1971 at a national level and 1974 at a regional level

The Claimant Count is a monthly measure of the number of people claiming benefits for unemployment reasons, taken from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) administrative system.

The Claimant Count does not attempt to measure unemployment, which is a concept defined by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), as all those who are out of work, actively seeking work and available to start work. However, due to the large correlation between those claiming benefits due to unemployment and people who are unemployed, the Claimant Count is often used as an alternative measure of unemployment.

Claimant Count headline measures are published in the monthly UK Labour Market statistical bulletin, along with regional results in Regional Labour Market and a simultaneous publication of more detailed information on the Nomis website.

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