Unemployment: Regional - Commons Library Standard Note

Published 20 February 2015 | Standard notes SN02798

Authors: Daniel Harari

Topic: Unemployment

Over the period October to December 2014, the North East had the highest unemployment rate at 8.0% of the economically active population. The lowest rate was 4.5% in the South West. The UK average was 5.7%.

Seven out of twelve regions/countries saw a decrease in the level of unemployment over the last quarter, with the largest being the West Midlands (down 32,000) followed by Yorkshire and the Humber (down 29,000).

The (seasonally adjusted) Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) claimant count decreased across all regions and countries between December 2014 and January 2015.

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