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Data Provider: Welsh Government Experimental Statistics Claimant count by constituency area, variable and year (not seasonally adjusted) EXPERIMENTAL STATISTICS
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[Expand]United Kingdom1,502,6831,539,6951,589,5801,424,1151,038,290799,945775,225800,230916,1753.
Alyn and Deeside1,7271,7021,6281,5351,1008658058601,1803.
Blaenau Gwent3,0093,0663,4273,1452,3051,8051,6951,4151,2156.
Brecon and Radnorshire9811,0391,0498255704453853753702.
Cardiff Central2,3452,5992,8402,5652,1051,6051,4751,3551,4903.
Cardiff North1,4151,4881,5631,3401,0858207506907552.
Cardiff South and Penarth3,4193,6193,7063,3852,7102,1151,9201,8002,0254.
Cardiff West2,6582,8353,0612,8452,3901,8501,5951,5301,7204.
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr1,0371,1171,1521,0708357057407007302.
Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire1,3691,3651,4311,4551,1509759909158652.
Clwyd South1,6331,6071,6871,6301,2409058006851,0103.
Clwyd West1,5321,5791,6501,5851,1609058958209253.
Cynon Valley2,1322,2502,4362,1901,6851,2951,2051,0959954.
Dwyfor Meirionnydd8828859588856854804754103902.
Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney2,9042,9543,2492,9452,1151,5901,5351,5001,4206.
Newport East2,1772,2252,6872,4902,0851,5451,4401,2801,5704.
Newport West2,4942,6532,8452,6902,3001,8001,6301,5201,8754.
Preseli Pembrokeshire1,4151,4521,4981,2951,0901,0201,0009108853.
Swansea East2,1502,1712,2442,1201,7301,3901,4701,4401,9104.
Swansea West1,9321,9902,0721,9251,6201,3801,4001,3301,7653.
Vale of Clwyd1,9091,9132,0201,8701,4101,1501,0909501,1154.
Vale of Glamorgan2,4972,5382,4472,0751,6851,4101,2651,1901,0504.
Ynys Mon1,8561,7881,8741,9351,4251,2651,2251,0209204.


Claimant count by Welsh constituency area (not seasonally adjusted) EXPREIMENTAL STATISTICS

Last update
24 January 2019 24 January 2019

Next update
January 2020

Publishing organisation
Welsh Government

Contact email

Experimental statistics

Lowest level of geographical disaggregation
National Assembly for Wales constituencies

Geographical coverage

Languages covered
English and Welsh

Data licensing
You may use and re-use this data free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government License - see

General description
This experimental series counts the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance plus those who claim Universal Credit who are out of work and replaces the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance as the headline indicator of the number of people claiming benefits principally for the reason of being unemployed. From May 2013 onwards these figures are not designated as National Statistics. Data prior to 2013 are counts of all persons claiming unemployment-related benefits i.e. Jobseeker’s Allowance . The constituency area boundaries used in the data are those defined by the Parliamentary Constituencies 2010 revision.

Data collection and calculation
The data are annual averages and are NOT seasonally adjusted. Rates given in this dataset are expressed as percentages of the resident population aged 16-64.

Frequency of publication

Data reference periods
2005 to 2018

Rounding applied
All data are rounded to the nearest 5 and may not precisely add to the sum of the number of people claiming JSA, published on Nomis, and the number of out-of-work people claiming Universal Credit, published by DWP, due to independent rounding.

Statistical quality
There are two standard measures of unemployment used in official UK statistics the UK, namely the claimant count and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) unemployment measure. The measures are different and are each subject to advantages and disadvantages.
The former is a count of all persons claiming unemployment-related benefits. As such it is not subject to sampling variability and can therefore be disaggregated to very high levels of detail. However, it excludes those who are unemployed who are not eligible to claim (for example those out of work but whose partner works), and those who do not wish to claim.
The ILO measure, which is a count of those who are out of work and want a job, have actively sought work in the last 4 weeks and are available to start work in the next two weeks; plus those who are out of work, have found a job and are waiting to start in the next 2 weeks, is a more encompassing measure of unemployment. However, as the data come from a survey, the results are sample-based estimates and therefore subject to differing degrees of sampling variability, i.e. the true value for any measure lies in a differing range about the estimated value. This range or sampling variability increases as the detail in the data increases, for example local authority data are subject to higher variability than Wales data.
Please see the weblink to the data sources guide for further information.

Claimant count; Unemployment