Unemployment Figures February 2016

Dear friends,

I thought I would share with you all some figures I received from the House of Commons Library.

The total number of unemployed claimants in Birmingham, Hodge Hill constituency in February 2016 was 3,814.

This represents a rate of 8.5% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 4th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.5%.

This includes 3,107 people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance and 707 people who were claiming Universal Credit but were not in employment. Some of these Universal Credit claimants may no longer be seeking work.

The total number of claimants (both Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit) is 647 lower than in February 2015 and 8 higher than in January 2016.

There were 920 claimants aged 18-24 in Birmingham, Hodge Hill constituency in February 2016, 265 lower than in February 2015. (Figures for 18-24 year olds are rounded to the nearest 5.)

These data are not seasonally adjusted and some of the change between January and February is likely to reflect seasonal variations that occur most years.

All the best,

Liam