This experimental series counts the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance plus those who claim Universal Credit and are required to seek work and be available for work and replaces the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance as the headline indicator of the number of people claiming benefits principally for the reason of being unemployed.
The seasonally adjusted series takes into account seasonal patterns of claims and previous changes to the way in which claimants are counted so that the whole series from 1971 is consistent with the current data. This allow comparisons over time to be made which are not affected by the discontinuities found in the unadjusted series. The current seasonally adjusted series relates only to claimants aged 18 or over.
The Claimant Count - the stock of Universal Credit and Job Seekers Allowance claimants broken down by sex, age and type of benefit being claimed. Claimant count proportions are available but not when the figures are not broken down by age.