Unemployment: Regional - Commons Library Standard Note

Published 23 January 2015 | Standard notes SN02798

Authors: Daniel Harari

Topic: Unemployment

Over the period September to November 2014, the North East had the highest unemployment rate at 8.5% of the economically active population. The lowest rate was 4.4% in the South West. The UK average was 5.8%.

There were eight regions/countries which saw a decrease in the level of unemployment over the last quarter, with the largest being the West Midlands (down 34,000) followed by the North East (down 9,000).

The (seasonally adjusted) Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) claimant count decreased across all regions and countries between November and December 2014.

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