* Annual update with new estimates for 2015*

The population estimates (denominators) used to calculate residence-based rates with claimant count, jobseekers allowance and DWP benefits datasets were updated on Wednesday 16 November 2016. The update includes the latest 2015 estimates for local authorities, counties, LEPs, regions and countries.

Residence-based denominators for other geographies including Westminster Parliamentary Constituencies and wards will be updated on a later date.

The workforce estimates (denominators) used to calculate workplace-based rates with claimant count and jobseekers allowance datasets were updated and revised at the same time. The update includes new 2015 estimates and revised estimates back to 2013 for regions and countries.

Background Information

Residence-based rates: This is the official measure below national/regional level. It expresses the number of claimants as a percentage of the population aged 16-64, sourced from the mid-year population estimates. At national/regional level the official measure is the workplace-based rate, but use this measure when comparing national/regional areas with smaller areas (e.g. local authorities) to ensure you are comparing like with like.

Workplace-based rates: This is the official measure at national/regional level and is only available at that level. For smaller areas (e.g. local authorities) the official measure is residence-based proportions. This measure expresses the number of claimants as a percentage of workforce jobs plus claimants. Workforce jobs are the sum of employee jobs, self-employment jobs, HM Forces, & government-supported trainees. They are available for regions and countries only.