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Unemployment figures 2008-14 (Claimant count)

Watford Claimant Count January and July 2008-14

Year/month

Watford - claimant count number Watford - long term claimants by number and as (% of all claimants in Watford) Watford - claimant count as % proportion of Watford's resident working age population 

Hertfordshire County - claimant count as % proportion of Herts resident working age population

England -  claimant count as % proportion of GB's resident working age population 

2008

 

 

 

 

 

January

736

105 (14%)

1.3

1.1

2.0

July

780

75 (9.6%)

1.4

1.2

2.1

2009

 

 

 

 

 

January

1,269

45 (3.5%)

2.3

2.0

3.1

July

1,795

105 (3.5%)

3.2

2.8

3.9

2010

         

January

1,896

210 (3.6%)

3.3

2.8

4.0

July

1,685

205 (12.2%)

2.9

2.4

3.5

2011

 

 

 

 

 

January

1,669

200 (12.0%)

2.7

2.4

3.6

July

1,773

245 (13.8%)

2.9

2.5

3.7

2012

         

January

1,875

325 (17.3%)

3.1

2.6

4.0

July

1,816

405 (22.3%)

3.0

2.4

3.7

2013

 

 

 

 

 

January

1,764

420 (23.8%)

2.9

2.4

3.8

July

1,681

405 (24.1%)

2.8

2.2

 3.4

2014

 

 

 

 

 

January

1,316 

330 (25.1%)

2.2 

 1.8

 2.9

July

 1,103

 270 (24.0%)

 1.8

 1.5

 2.3

Source: National Statistics (NOMIS) (Crown copyright)

N.B.  In 2010, there was a change to the definition of working age population to include both males and females aged 16-64 (adding females aged 60-64).  The proportions are a percentage of the resident population so this means that the total claimant count proportions will have been adjusted downwards;this has also been applied retrospectively to historic data.  Claimant count rates from 2012 onwards are calculated using the mid-2012 resident population aged 16-64.

Claimant Count Yearly July 2010-2014 in Watford and Hertfordshire and change 2013-14

 

July

 2010

July

2011

July

2012

July

2013

July

2014

 

Change

2013-14

 

% Change

2013-14

   

Watford

1,685

2.9%

  1,773

3.1%

1,816

3.1%
1,681

2.8%
1,103

1.8%
-578

   

-34.4%

             

Herts 17,500

2.4%
18,136

2.5%
17,576

2.5%
15,870

2.2%
10,831

1.5%
-5,039

 

 -31.8%

         

Source: Office for National Statistics via: http://www.statistics.gov.uk (Crown copyright)


These summaries of claimant count show how numbers increased markedly between 2008 and 2009, how they have varied over time and how there has been a substantial decrease between 2013 and 2014.  The Watford claimant count of 1.8% is the same as the East of England, higher than Hertfordshire (1.5%) and lower than the national rate of 2.3%. 

 

 
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