Monthly Job Seekers Allowance Claimant Rate, Sandwell, West Midlands, GB
There were 13,586 Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) claimants in Sandwell in November 2012, a rate of 7.4%, compared with 4.6% for the West Midlands Region and 3.8% for Great Britain (seasonally unadjusted figures). The number of claimants in Sandwell decreased by 128 between October and November.
Following the recession the JSA claimant rate peaked in January/February 2010 in Sandwell at 7.6%. It then fell steadily for the first half of 2010, then levelled out until December when it started to increase again. It gradually increased through the first half of 2011, reaching 7.4% in July and remained fairly stable for the second half of 2011. In February 2012, it rose to a high of 7.7% and has been around 7.4% / 7.5% for the last 8 months.
The rates quoted above are based on the resident population aged 16-64. These remain the headline proportions for local authority level data. However, rates are also now available based on an estimate of the economically active population. Using this measure, Sandwell's JSA claimant rate is 10.0%, West Midlands 6.0% and Great Britain 4.8%.
Please note: The JSA figures quoted here are not comparable to those quoted in the media. The JSA rate quoted in the media is a seasonally adjusted figure and is calculated using an estimate of workforce jobs plus the claimant count. This is not available at local authority level, rates at this level are calculated using the resident population aged 16-64 and are not seasonally adjusted.
Wolverhampton has the highest rate in the West Midlands conurbation (November 2012) at 7.9%. Sandwell has the second highest at 7.4%.