Unemployment claimants to January 2021

Unemployment claimant count data (released 23 February 2021) by the Department of Work and Pensions) shows the number of people claiming unemployment-related benefits in Oxfordshire decreased slightly between December 2020 and January 2021, from 16,305 to 16,235 (-0.4%).

monthly count of unemployment claimants chart

 

By district in January 2021, the rate of unemployment claimants (as a percentage of the economically active population aged 16-64) was highest in Oxford City followed by Cherwell. By age group, the rate was highest in Oxfordshire (and England) for claimants aged 16-24.

Change in unemployment claimants Jan-20 to Jan-21

Jan-20 Jan-21 Jan-20 to Jan-21
count rate* count rate* ppt change
Cherwell 1,355 1.8% 3,810 5.0% 3.20
Oxford 2,085 3.0% 4,650 6.6% 3.64
South Oxfordshire 1,030 1.5% 2,815 4.0% 2.53
Vale of White Horse 1,040 1.5% 2,650 3.9% 2.36
West Oxfordshire 905 1.6% 2,310 4.1% 2.50
Oxfordshire 6,415 1.9% 16,235 4.8% 2.88
England 1,014,875 3.8% 2,200,965 8.1% 4.39

Unemployment claimants by age group Jan-21

16-24 25-49 50+
count rate* count rate* count rate*
Cherwell 715 7.8% 2,225 5.0% 870 3.8%
Oxford 850 6.7% 2,740 6.8% 1,065 6.7%
South Oxfordshire 495 5.8% 1,540 4.0% 775 3.4%
Vale of White Horse 490 5.8% 1,485 3.8% 675 3.2%
West Oxfordshire 445 6.4% 1,295 6.2% 570 3.2%
Oxfordshire 2,995 6.4% 9,285 4.8% 3,950 3.9%
England 423,060 11.3% 1,253,225 7.9% 524,600 7.0%

*per the economically active population (calculated as the ONS mid-2019 population estimate - aged 16-64 for the top table - multiplied by the proportion of the population that are economically active, as recorded by the 2011 Census); ppt=percentage point

Note that this does not include people on the Coronavirus Job Retention scheme, which is due to finish at the end of April 2021.  As of 30 November 2020, there were 37,400 furloughed employments in Oxfordshire, a take-up of 11% compared with 13% take-up across England.

Explore the latest unemployment data for Oxfordshire using our interactive dashboard.

Data downloaded from www.nomisweb.co.uk (26 January 2020); Furlough data from HMRC

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