Unemployment: Regional - Commons Library Standard Note

Published 18 March 2015 | Standard notes SN02798

Authors: Daniel Harari

Topic: Unemployment

Over the period November to January 2015, the North East had the highest unemployment rate at 7.7% of the economically active population. The lowest rate was 4.5% in the South West. The UK average was 5.7%.

Ten out of twelve regions/countries saw a decrease in the level of unemployment over the last quarter, with the largest being Yorkshire and the Humber (down 30,000) followed by the North East (down 19,000).

The (seasonally adjusted) Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) claimant count decreased across all regions and countries between January 2015 and February 2015.

Share this page

Contact information

The House of Commons Library provides research, analysis and information services for MPs and their staff.

If you have any comments on briefings from the Commons Library, please contact papers@parliament.uk.

Please note, authors are not available to discuss the contents of papers with members of the general public. 

TwitterFollow House of Commons Library on Twitter

The House of Lords Library delivers research and information services to Members and staff of the House in support of parliamentary business.

Email hlresearchservices@parliament.uk with comments on Lords Library Notes.

Please note that authors are not available to discuss the contents of Library Notes with members of the general public.

POST produces independent, balanced and accessible briefings on public policy issues related to science and technology. You can leave feedback at www.surveymonkey.com/postnote