SB 12-33 Unemployment - April 2012

This briefing provides the latest unemployment data for Scottish Parliament constituency areas. Official unemployment rates from the Labour Force Survey are available by Parliamentary constituency area, but data is currently lagged by 9 months and so Claimant Count data is used in this analysis. The claimant count records the number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) and National Insurance Credits at Jobcentre Plus local offices.

  • Official unemployment based on the Labour Force Survey was 8.2% (221,000 people) in Scotland. The Scottish rate is now the same as the UK rate (for the period January to March 2012).
  • The (seasonally-adjusted) Claimant Count rate fell to 4.1% in April 2012.
  • The number of people on the claimant count (seasonally-adjusted) decreased by 900 from the previous month.
  • Sixty-nine Scottish Parliament constiuencies experienced a fall in claimant count rate from March to April 2012. No constituency saw a rise in claimant count rate.
  • Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn, Glasgow Provan and Cunninghame South have the highest unemployment rates among the Scottish Parliament consituencies. The constituencies with the lowest rates are Shetland Islands, Aberdeenshire East and Aberdeenshire West and Eastwood.

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Published: 16 May 2012

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