New unemployment figures for December 2016 were published this week (18 January) by the Office for National Statistics.
The total number of unemployed claimants in Pendle constituency in December 2016 was 1,065. This represents a rate of 2.6% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 233rd highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.4%. This is a reduction of 38% since 2010. The total number of claimants (both Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit) 35 lower than in December 2015 and 50 lower than November 2016.
There were 230 claimants aged 18-24 in Pendle constituency in December 2016, 35 lower than in December 2015.
Andrew Stephenson MP “We start the New Year with another encouraging set of figures, which show the strength of our economy as we step up to the challenges of 2017, with the unemployment level nationwide is at the lowest rate in over 10 years. With a record high employment rate for women and over half a million more disabled people in work over the last three years, we have made real progress creating a strong economy and we will continue that work as we build a country that works for everyone – with more people sharing in our country’s prosperity.”