Claimant count

Numbers of people claiming unemployment-related benefit, more timely than local unemployment rates.

The Office for National Statistics produce a monthly experimental count of people claiming benefits because they are seeking work or are required to seek a new job. This is available for sub-regional geographies and provides an indicator of changes to the local labour market more up to date than the headline employment figures (which cover a twelve-month period). The total includes claimants of Universal Credit (UC) who are required to search for work and people claiming earlier benefits such as Jobseekers Allowance (JSA). The count usually takes place on the second Thursday of the month.

  • In Jun 2021 in the North East LEP area, just over 76,000 people were claiming these benefits
  • this was almost 3,800 fewer than in May 2021 and the lowest total since March 2020, when there were 54,500 claimants 
  • most of the increase since March 2020 took place in the first month when restrictions introduced as a result of COVID-19 led to a sharp rise in the number of claims for Universal Credit
  • the North East LEP area total was 6.1% of the 16-64 population, compared to 5.3% across England excluding London
  • this is the fourth lowest percentage among the eight English core city LEP areas
  • the percentage point change since March 2020 in the North East (+1.7) was lower than in all seven other areas.

Within the North East in June 2021:

  • Among local authority areas, the claimant count rate ranged from 4.9% in Northumberland to 8.1% in South Tyneside
  • the rate has increased by 1.3 percentage points or more since March 2020 in all seven local authority areas
  • among constituencies, the rate was highest in South Shields (9.0%) and Newcastle upon Tyne Central (8.7%)
  • 33 wards (out of 240 in total) had claimant rates of 9% and above, this was true of only 12 wards in March 2020
  • six North East local authorities had four or more wards with a claimant count rate of 9% or more, North Tyneside had two
  • about a third of North East claimants were under 30 years old, with similar percentages aged 30 to 44 and aged 45 plus
  • since March 2020, among working-age people, the largest percentage increases have been among those aged 35 to 44
  • however, all age groups have seen increases in the claimant count of more than 30%.

Claimant count, North East LEP

Last updated:
16/07/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Claimant Count [ONS via Nomis, last updated on 15 Jul 2021]

Data information: Experimental count of people claiming "job-seekers" benefits. This includes unemployed people seeking employment and recipients of benefits who are employed who are required to look for work to be eligible, e.g. those in low-paid jobs.  Based on North East LEP area. 


Claimant count rate, North East LEP, England, core city LEPs

Last updated:
16/07/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Claimant Count [ONS via Nomis, last updated on 15 Jul 2021]

Data information: Experimental count of people claiming "job-seekers" benefits. This includes unemployed people seeking employment and recipients of benefits who are employed who are required to look for work to be eligible, e.g. those in low-paid jobs. 

Based on core city LEP areas, England, England excluding London. 


Claimant count rate, North East LEP local authorities

Last updated:
16/07/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Claimant Count [ONS via Nomis, last updated on 15 Jul 2021]

Data information: Experimental count of people claiming "job-seekers" benefits. This includes unemployed people seeking employment and recipients of benefits who are employed who are required to look for work to be eligible, e.g. those in low-paid jobs. 

Based on North East LEP area, local authority areas, England excluding London. 


Claimant count rate, North East LEP constituencies

Last updated:
22/07/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Claimant Count [ONS via Nomis, last updated on 15 Jul 2021]

Data information: Experimental count of people claiming "job-seekers" benefits. This includes unemployed people seeking employment and recipients of benefits who are employed who are required to look for work to be eligible, e.g. those in low-paid jobs. 

Based on constituencies in the North East LEP area. 


Claimant count rate, North East LEP wards with the highest rates

Last updated:
16/07/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Claimant Count [ONS via Nomis, last updated on 15 Jul 2021]

Data information: Experimental count of people claiming "job-seekers" benefits. This includes unemployed people seeking employment and recipients of benefits who are employed who are required to look for work to be eligible, e.g. those in low-paid jobs. 

Based on 2019 wards in the North East LEP area. Includes all wards with a working age claimant count rate of 9% or more.


Claimant count by age group, North East LEP

Last updated:
16/07/2021
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: Claimant Count [ONS via Nomis, last updated on 15 Jul 2021]

Data information: Experimental count of people claiming "job-seekers" benefits. This includes unemployed people seeking employment and recipients of benefits who are employed who are required to look for work to be eligible, e.g. those in low-paid jobs. 

Based on North East LEP area.