Monthly out of work benefits claimant count for 18-24 year olds
Being young and unemployed can lead to increase in the risk of poverty, deskilling and social exclusion as well as causing loss of motivation and mental health problems.
The current emergency has seen the increase in claimants rise more steeply amongst younger people than the wider workforce. Young people often work in retail and leisure sectors which have been hardest hit by the pandemic and are likely to take longer to recover. Shropshire remains below the regional and national averages. The number of young claimants as at December Q3 has decreased slightly from to 1785 (Q2) to 1690 (Q2).
Additional labour market statistics for Shropshire and other authorities can be found at: https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/
Please Note: as with the total claimant count the introduction of Universal Credit has broader span of claimants who are required to look for work than under Jobseeker's Allowance. As Universal Credit Full Service is rolled out, 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.