IMPORTANT - Announcement from ONS regarding the Claimant Count

The ONS have made a statement regarding future publication arrangements for the Claimant Count.

Due to the impact that Universal Credit is having on the Claimant Count, ONS has decided, with effect from the Labour Market Statistics releases to be published on 15 March 2017, to remove the Claimant Count series from the UK and Regional Statistical Bulletins, as it may now be providing a misleading representation of the UK labour market.

Although it will not appear within the Statistical Bulletins, the Claimant Count data will continue to be available as datasets on the ONS website and via Nomis.

For a fuller explanation regarding the decision, please see the statement on the ONS website.