Each month, nomis, a service provided by the Office for National Statistics, ONS, publishes a report that records the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) and National Insurance credits at Jobcentre Plus local offices. This is not an official measure of unemployment, but is the only indicative statistic available for areas smaller than Local Authorities.
The latest figures show that 2,848 people in the Stoke on Trent area were claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) during November 2015.
The figures show a slight fall of 54 since October 2015, which saw 2,902 JSA claimants, and a large decrease of 902 from November 2014 (3,750).
Of the most recent total figure, 1817 applicants were male (slightly down 12 on last month, considerably down 578 on this time last year) and 1031 were female, (slightly down 42 on last month, considerably down 324 on this time last year).
The percentage rate of persons claiming JSA for the Stoke on Trent region in November 2015 was 1.78%, based on 2,848 claimants and population aged 16-64 of 159,600 (Jul 2014-Jun 2015 figure).
The percentage rate of persons claiming JSA for the United Kingdom region in November 2015 was 1.58%, based on 641,989 claimants and population aged 16-64 of 40,674,000 (Jul 2014-Jun 2015 figure).