The Claimant Count

The Claimant Count is the most reliable data that we use in MtW. While figures are published monthly by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), it is still only an estimate, but one which is directly sourced from the DWP / Jobcentre Plus admin system.  It covers the whole of the UK.

The Claimant Count measures the number of people claiming unemployment related benefits, usually Job Seekers Allowance, Universal Credit (UC) and National Insurance Credits. 

The Claimant Count is NOT just about unemployment, but there is a large overlap. It does not meet the internationally agreed definition of unemployment specified by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), but does include people on UC who are in work but with very low earnings. Additionally, the Claimant Count can include some people who are NEET and economically inactive.

MAY 2024 figures 

Published on 14 May 2024 and valid until 11 June 2024.

Source: Office for National Statistics

Unemployment (all ages)

The figure for claimant count is 1,579,000.

The UK unemployment rate was 4.3% and 1.49 million people aged 16+ were unemployed. The unemployment rate is up on both the quarter and the year.


Young people (aged 16-24)

Unemployment rate for 16–24-year-olds is 13.0% for January 2024 – March 2024.

The economic inactivity rate for January 2024 – March 2024 is 42.0% for 16–24-year-olds, up by 3.7% pts on the previous year.


Young people (aged 16-29)

Age East   East Midlands London North East North West Northern Ireland Scotland South East South West Wales West Midlands Yorkshire and Humber Totals      
Aged 16-17 240 170 140 150 350 70 655 280 255 245 255 350 3,155
Aged 18-24 21,220 19,890 44,840 13,245 36,960 5,770 18,950 28,940 16,230 12,450 35,800 28,750 283,000
Aged 25-29 14,415 12,715 40,200 8,230 25,325 4,630 13,590 20,430 11,000 8,135 23,840 18,020 200,530
Totals 35,875 32,775 85,180 21,625 62,630 10,470 33,195 49,650 27,485 20,785 59,895 47,120 486,685

Currently the claimant count for those aged 16-29 is 486,700.


Vacancies

  • Vacancies (for Feb-Apr ‘24) at 898,000 – down 26,000 (-2.8%) on the quarter and up 102,000 (12.8%) on Jan-Mar ’20 (since Covid-19). 
  • Single-month estimate of vacancies (for April ‘24) at 893,000 vacancies – up 33,000 (3.8%) on the quarter and up 137,000 (18.1%) on March ’20 (since Covid-19). 

Disabled people (Jan to March 2024)

The disability employment rate is 52.9%

Employment by nationality (Jan to March 2024)

  • 86.5% of those employed in the UK are UK nationals, while 6.3% are EU nationals and 7.1% are non-EU nationals. 
  • The employment rate for UK nationals is 74.4%. For non-UK nationals, the employment rate is 74.7% (80.7% for EU nationals, 70.0% for non-EU nationals).