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! Update - Economic and Unemployment data

25 July 2018

The latest Annual Population Survey (APS) data has been published via NOMIS. The data provides updates to some of the economic data, including economic activity / inactivity, employment rate and unemployment rate. The data can be found via Economic Activity


St. Helens unemployment rate (modelled estimate) is in line with the North West and England averages. However, employment rate is still several percentage points lower and the percentage of the working age population who is economically inactive i.e. neither employed nor unemployed is 26.6%, which is considerably higher than the national average (21.4%) The main reason for economic inactivity is long-term illness.


The latest ONS Claimant Count and Jobseekers Allowance Claimants data has also been updated for the data period June 2018 and published via NOMIS. The data can be found on info4St.Helens via the Data and Resources section and Economy and Employment theme or by clicking the links below.


  • Claimant Count

  • Jobseekers Allowance Claimants


      Claimant count in St. Helens has steadily increased over the past 6 months. However, the rollout of Universal Credit (one of the indicators forming part of this measure) is more complete in the North West than the rest of England. St. Helens Claimant Count is in line with the North West average. JSA claimants however, have steadily increased since the beginning of the year, whilst regionally and nationally rates have remained fairly static. St. Helens JSA Claimant rate is now 1.4% of the working age population, compared to 1.0% in the North West and 1.0% in England.


      The next data update via NOMIS is 14th August 2018.

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