The number of people claiming for unemployment benefits in the UK declined by 20 thousand to 2.6 million in January of 2021. It follows a revised 20.4 thousand fall in December amid ongoing lockdown restrictions. This represents a monthly decrease of 0.8% but an increase of 109.4%, or 1.4 million, since March 2020. Since February 2020, the number of payroll employees has fallen by 726,000. source: Office for National Statistics

Claimant Count Change in the United Kingdom averaged 3.48 Thousand from 1971 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 858.10 Thousand in April of 2020 and a record low of -98.50 Thousand in November of 1996. This page provides the latest reported value for - United Kingdom Claimant Count Change - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. United Kingdom Claimant Count Change - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on March of 2021.

Claimant Count Change in the United Kingdom is expected to be 150.00 Thousand by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Claimant Count Change in the United Kingdom to stand at -32.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United Kingdom Claimant Count Change is projected to trend around -26.00 Thousand in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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United Kingdom Claimant Count Change

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-20.00 -20.40 858.10 -98.50 1971 - 2021 Thousand Monthly
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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-11-10 07:00 AM Oct -29.8K -40.2K 50K 36K
2020-12-15 07:00 AM Nov 64.3K -29.8K 30K
2021-01-26 07:00 AM Dec 7K 38.1K 35K 40K
2021-02-23 07:00 AM Jan -20K -20.4K 25K
2021-03-23 07:00 AM Feb -20K
2021-04-20 06:00 AM Mar
2021-05-18 06:00 AM Apr
2021-06-15 06:00 AM May


News Stream
UK Claimant Count Falls in January
The number of people claiming for unemployment benefits in the UK declined by 20 thousand to 2.6 million in January of 2021. It follows a revised 20.4 thousand fall in December amid ongoing lockdown restrictions. This represents a monthly decrease of 0.8% but an increase of 109.4%, or 1.4 million, since March 2020. Since February 2020, the number of payroll employees has fallen by 726,000.
2021-02-23
UK Claimant Count Rises for 2nd Month
The number of people claiming for unemployment benefits in the UK increased by 7 thousand to 2.6 million in December of 2020. It follows a downwardly revised 38.1 thousand rise in November when the country was under a second national coronavirus lockdown. This represents a monthly increase of 0.3 percent and an increase of 113.2 percent, or 1.4 million, since March of 2020. Since February 2020, 828,000 fewer people were in payrolled employment.
2021-01-26
Claimant Count in the UK Rises for 1st Time in 3 Months
The number of people claiming for unemployment benefits in the United Kingdom increased by 64.3 thousand to 2.7 million in November of 2020, after falling for two consecutive months, as the country was under a second national lockdown during the month. This represents a monthly increase of 2.5 percent and an increase of 114.8 percent, or 1.4 million, since March 2020. Enhancements to Universal Credit as part of the UK government's response to the coronavirus mean that an increasing number of people became eligible for unemployment-related benefit support, although still employed. Consequently, changes in the Claimant Count will not be wholly because of changes in the number of people who are unemployed.
2020-12-15
UK Claimant Count Unexpectedly Falls
The number of people claiming for unemployment benefits in the United Kingdom fell by 29.8 thousand to 2.6 million in September of 2020, following a revised 40.2 thousand decrease in the previous month and beating market expectations of a 50 thousand rise. Despite the decrease, it still represents a 112.4 percent or 1.4 million increase from March 2020.
2020-11-10

United Kingdom Claimant Count Change
Claimant count in the United Kingdom measures the change in the number of people claiming unemployment related benefits.