In our previous look at Claimant Count data for July, we saw that after a huge rise of 1.4 million new claimants between January and May, followed by a decrease of around 71,165 in June, the numbers had increased again in July by 52,640. The new figures for August once again show another increase, this time of 83,695, bringing the overall total of claimants to 2.73 million — 1.51 million more than in January.
The map below gives some context to this rise, breaking down the overall figures into Local Authorities. Of the 398 areas, 92 have seen an increase of more than 5,000 new claimants over the course of the year, whilst 27 have seen their numbers increase by more than 10,000. The areas that have seen be biggest increase in numbers are Birmingham (33,540), Leeds (19,535) and Glasgow (19,065). You can click on the play button at the bottom of the chart to see how the numbers increase throughout the period, and if there’s a particular area you are interested in, use the “Find your area” bar to locate it, and it will display the numbers for that area throughout the sequence:
In terms of percentage change, 315 of the 398 Local Authorities have seen their claimant numbers rise by more 100% since the start of the year; 60 have seen a rise of more than 200%, and two (Surrey Heath and Hart) have seen an increase of over 300%:
Finally, if we take a look at the Local Authorities that have seen the biggest percentage increase since January, there is little change in the order since last month, although South Lakeland has noticeably dropped from 3rd to 12th place, whilst Mid Sussex has risen from 13th to 9th. As we did in our previous piece, it is worth pointing out that whereas the areas with the biggest rise in claimants back in March and April were predominately those with a heavy reliance on tourism and hospitality, more recently it is Local Authorities within the London commuter belt that have seen the largest increases:
Look out for further analysis of Claimant Counts after the next scheduled data release on 13th October. In the meantime, contact us if you’d like to find out how we can help you understand the impact of the crisis on your area.