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Data Provider: Welsh Government Experimental Statistics Claimant count by Welsh local area, variable and month (not seasonally adjusted) - EXPERIMENTAL STATISTICS
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[Collapse]RateThe number of people claiming benefits as a percentage of the resident population aged 16-64.[Collapse]LevelThe number of people claiming Jobseekers allowance (JSA).
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[Expand]United Kingdom6. The data item is provisional.3.92,661,3402,462,8651,582,2151,529,090(p) The data item is provisional.1,629,190
[Collapse]Wales6. The data item is provisional.3.4118,075102,81565,55561,885(p) The data item is provisional.63,705
Wales[Collapse]North Wales6. The data item is provisional.3.225,72521,88013,22512,790(p) The data item is provisional.12,865
North WalesIsle of Anglesey6. The data item is provisional.3.52,6152,2051,3801,435(p) The data item is provisional.1,370
Gwynedd5. The data item is provisional.2.74,3053,4301,9751,955(p) The data item is provisional.1,905
Conwy7. The data item is provisional.3.74,6554,0202,3352,275(p) The data item is provisional.2,385
Denbighshire6. The data item is provisional.3.63,7653,3101,9651,940(p) The data item is provisional.1,965
Flintshire5. The data item is provisional.2.85,2454,4652,9052,705(p) The data item is provisional.2,620
Wrexham6. The data item is provisional.3.25,1404,4502,6652,480(p) The data item is provisional.2,615
[Collapse]Mid Wales4. The data item is provisional.2.65,6454,6902,9252,775(p) The data item is provisional.3,045
Mid WalesPowys4. The data item is provisional.2.43,6352,9701,8051,760(p) The data item is provisional.1,840
Ceredigion4. The data item is provisional.2.92,0101,7201,1201,015(p) The data item is provisional.1,200
[Collapse]South West Wales5. The data item is provisional.3.325,29021,57013,84513,295(p) The data item is provisional.13,510
South West WalesPembrokeshire6. The data item is provisional.3.34,4803,6052,2352,220(p) The data item is provisional.2,320
Carmarthenshire5. The data item is provisional.3.16,1355,2203,2953,085(p) The data item is provisional.3,400
Swansea6. The data item is provisional.3.59,3008,2655,4655,280(p) The data item is provisional.5,120
Neath Port Talbot6. The data item is provisional.3.15,3804,4752,8602,710(p) The data item is provisional.2,675
[Collapse]South East Wales6. The data item is provisional.3.661,41554,67535,55533,025(p) The data item is provisional.34,290
South East WalesBridgend5. The data item is provisional.2.75,2304,4652,9002,550(p) The data item is provisional.2,455
Vale of Glamorgan5. The data item is provisional.3.14,3503,8752,4452,280(p) The data item is provisional.2,455
Rhondda Cynon Taf6. The data item is provisional.3.210,0108,0955,2004,630(p) The data item is provisional.4,635
Merthyr Tydfil7. The data item is provisional.3.42,7452,1851,4501,225(p) The data item is provisional.1,225
Caerphilly6. The data item is provisional.3.37,0006,1353,9153,645(p) The data item is provisional.3,590
Blaenau Gwent7. The data item is provisional.4.23,1352,7001,8751,760(p) The data item is provisional.1,735
Torfaen6. The data item is provisional.3.83,7553,2352,2252,040(p) The data item is provisional.2,115
Monmouthshire4. The data item is provisional.2.42,3452,0301,3201,210(p) The data item is provisional.1,325
Newport7. The data item is provisional.5.07,1906,9104,8554,530(p) The data item is provisional.4,975
Cardiff6. The data item is provisional.4.115,66015,0509,3659,160(p) The data item is provisional.9,790


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.

Data collection and calculation

The data are published monthly and are NOT seasonally adjusted. The headline measure for the claimant count rate is based on the number of claimants who are resident in area as a percentage of workforce jobs plus the claimant count. The rate given in this dataset is expressed as a percentage of resident population aged 16-64 estimates, in order to provide information for Welsh local areas.

Frequency of publication


Data reference periods

1999 to 2024

Revisions information

In November 2016 there were revisions to the Claimant Count back to December 2014 due to improved estimates of Universal Credit claimants from the Department for Work and Pensions


Claimant count monthly data by Welsh local authority residence based rate (not seasonally adjusted) - EXPERIMENTAL STATISTICS

Last update

13 June 2024 13 June 2024

Next update

23 July 2024

Publishing organisation

Welsh Government

Source 1

Jobcentre Plus Administrative System, Department for Work and Pensions

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Experimental statistics

Lowest level of geographical disaggregation

Local authorities

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


Claimant count; Unemployment

Statistical quality

There are two standard measures of unemployment used in official UK statistics the UK, namely the experimental 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 jobseeker’s allowance and out of work universal credit claimants. 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.
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