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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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[Expand]United Kingdom233,130160,290119,39593,350415,50056.138.628.722.5100.0
Wales[Collapse]West Wales and the Valleys7,7605,4554,2803,51514,35054.138.029.824.5100.0
West Wales and the ValleysIsle of Anglesey35025521519067551.937.831.928.1100.0
Neath Port Talbot44033025520062570.452.840.832.0100.0
Rhondda, Cynon, Taff1,0207005554552,26045.131.024.620.1100.0
Merthyr Tydfil36026020517060060.043.334.228.3100.0
Blaenau Gwent39027522519072054.238.231.326.4100.0
[Collapse]East Wales3,7102,6051,9551,5506,07061.142.932.225.5100.0
East WalesFlintshire25020516513536069.456.945.837.5100.0
The Vale of Glamorgan38526020517087544.029.723.419.4100.0


Claimant count by duration (not seasonally adjusted)

Last update
24 January 2019 24 January 2019

Next update
January 2020

Publishing organisation
Welsh Government

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 2018

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.
Please see the weblink to the data sources guide for further information.

Claimant count; Unemployment