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Data Provider: Welsh Government National Statistics Jobseeker’s allowance by local authority, measure and duration (not seasonally adjusted)
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[Collapse]LevelAll claimant count levels are rounded to the nearest 5.[Collapse]% of total claimantsThis is expressed as a percentage of the total claimants irrespective of age or duration.
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[Expand]United Kingdom112,030105,385102,765100,170201,770110.1103.5101.098.4200.0
Wales[Collapse]West Wales and the Valleys2,8252,6702,6152,5655,405103.597.895.893.9200.0
West Wales and the ValleysIsle of Anglesey215205205205340126.0120.1120.1120.1200.0
Neath Port Talbot1151051009530575.368.765.562.2200.0
Rhondda, Cynon, Taff17014513513551565.856.152.352.3200.0
Merthyr Tydfil100959595170115.0110.0110.0110.0200.0
Blaenau Gwent12011011010524599.891.691.687.3200.0
[Collapse]East Wales1,3801,2951,2601,2403,01091.485.783.482.1200.0
East WalesFlintshire14513012512039574.867.164.762.0200.0
The Vale of Glamorgan15514013513035088.680.077.174.3200.0



Claimant count by duration (not seasonally adjusted)

Last update

1 February 2024 1 February 2024

Next update

February 2025

Publishing organisation

Welsh Government

Source 1

Jobcentre Plus Administrative System, Department for Work and Pensions

Contact email


National Statistics

Lowest level of geographical disaggregation

Local authorities

Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

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

These data are counts of all persons claiming unemployment-related benefits i.e. Jobseeker’s Allowance, and are based on computerised claims only.

Data collection and calculation

The data are annual averages and are NOT adjusted to take account of past discontinuities in the data, although these are minor since 1996. Rates given in this dataset are expressed as percentages of TOTAL claimants irrespective of age or duration.

Frequency of publication


Data reference periods

1996 to 2023

Rounding applied

As all claimant count levels in this dataset have been independently rounded to the nearest 5, the figures may not add up exactly.

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.
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Claimant count; Unemployment