Unemployment: Regional - Commons Library Standard Note

Published 16 October 2014 | Standard notes SN02798

Authors: Daniel Harari

Topic: Unemployment

Over the period June-August 2014, the North East had the highest unemployment rate at 9.3% of the economically active population. The lowest rate was 4.6% in the South West. The UK average was 6.0%.

There were 11 regions/countries which saw a decrease in the level of unemployment over the last quarter, with only the South East seeing an increase. The largest decrease was in London (down 43,000) followed by Scotland (down 40,000).

The (seasonally adjusted) Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) claimant count decreased across all regions and countries except Scotland, which saw a slight rise, between August and September 2014.

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