Unemployment: Regional - Commons Library Standard Note

Published 14 August 2014 | Standard notes SN02798

Authors: Daniel Harari

Topic: Unemployment

Over the period April-June 2014, the North East had the highest unemployment rate at 9.4% of the economically active population. The lowest rate was 4.4% in the South East. The UK average was 6.4%.

There were 11 regions/countries which saw a decrease in the level of unemployment over the last quarter, with just one seeing an increase. The largest decrease was in the East Midlands (down 29,000) followed by the North West (down 23,000), while the only increase was in the South West (up 10,000).

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

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