Out of work benefits - claimant count


Number of out of work claimants as a percentage of the resident population aged 16 - 64

The employment and self-employment rates in Shropshire are better than the national and regional rates. As a consequence the rate of claimants for out of work benefits is lower than the country and regional rates.

As at December 2019 the number claiming out of work benefits stood at 3,820. There has been an increase in numbers during 2018 and numbers are higher than in 2017. Compared to historical data the current rates remain at a low level. Changes to Universal Credit along with wider economic uncertainties, as reported by business groups, indicate a nervousness to invest whilst there are uncertainties over Brexit, wider global economic instability may all impact on future claimant rates. 

Please note: Under Universal Credit a broader span of claimants are required to look for work than under Jobseeker's Allowance. As Universal Credit Full Service is rolled out in particular areas, the number of people recorded as being on the Claimant Count is therefore likely to rise. The Office for National Statistics is reviewing the reporting of this measure to take into account historical numbers. On 15th October 2019 the Department for Works and Pensions updated its guidance on the Alternative Claimant Count statistics which are due for release in January 2020.