Unemployment Briefing - October 2018.

This article has been kindly given to the SSCA by Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council (philip.atkins@staffordshire.gov.uk).

The latest unemployment claimant figures for October have been released and show our Conservative number one priority of having a productive Staffordshire economy continues to work.

The latest position for October 2018 continues to show a positive picture with Staffordshire’s unemployment claimant count rate remaining low and unchanged at 1.3%. The monthly rate of change also remains lower than both the national and regional picture.

There has been a small increase of 60 working age claimants in Staffordshire since September 2018, with a total of 7,115 claimants in Staffordshire. In Stoke-on-Trent the rate of change since September has been higher than seen regionally and nationally, with 4,615 claimants (an increase of 160). A general increase has also been experienced across the majority of West Midlands authorities and nationally.

Locally Stoke-on-Trent, Lichfield and Staffordshire Moorlands have seen the largest monthly rate increases which is likely to be attributed to the rollout of Universal Credit Full Service. The only other local area to have gone through Universal Credit Full Service rollout is Tamworth which has seen a slight monthly decline which may be an indication that the majority of unemployment related benefit claimants have now moved to Universal Credit. We will continue to monitor the impact of Universal Credit with further analysis included in future updates.

Staffordshire County remains the second lowest rate in this measure of all West Midlands Strategic Authorities. In England the rate is 2.2% and for all of the West Midlands 2.9%

With so many employed and such a small number of people claiming benefits across Staffordshire, this is good news for everyone in the county and means people are making the most of the opportunities on offer and our long term economic plan in action.


Philip Atkins OBE

Leader of Staffordshire County Council


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