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 June 2021 the number claiming out of work benefits stood at 7170. There has been a substantial increase since the beginning of the pandemic, however during Q1 there has been a reduction in numbers from 8570 at Q4. The claimant rate stands at 3.8% of the workforce compared to 6.6% across the West Midlands and 5.6% for Great Britain. It is too early to assess the recovery rates and longer-term impact on the county workforce.  

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.