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Claimant count

The claimant count covers those persons who are claiming Job Seekers Allowance and some claimants of Universal Credit. Estimates are available monthly, down to local authority and by gender. It is an administrative data source and has no sampling error, but does not cover all of those who are unemployed. Claimant Count has been removed from the ONS labour market release because it may now be providing a misleading representation of the UK labour market.

From June 2015 the Claimant Count statistics were designated as experimental due to the impact of Universal Credit, which is designed so a broader span of claimants is required to look for work than under Jobseeker's Allowance. This means that once Universal Credit is fully rolled out, the Claimant Count is likely to be higher than it would otherwise be under Jobseeker's Allowance. The impact has increased as roll-out of Universal Credit has progressed and the seasonally-adjusted claimant count series has become more volatile. The Welsh Government will continue to publish Claimant Count data on StatsWales. The full ONS statement can be found on their website at the link below.